- How does the Arnprior Fire Department operate and what services does it provide?
The Arnprior Fire Department provides fire and rescue services to the residents of the Town of Arnprior. The fire station is located at 67 Meehan Street which is a shared facility with the OPP. The Department is served by a full time Fire Chief, two full time fire prevention/protection officers and 27 volunteer firefighters. The services provided, in addition to response to fire and rescue emergencies, are fire prevention inspections, fire code compliance initiatives and public fire safety education. The Department operates under the direction of municipal council and is established and regulated by municipal by-law.
- Are smoke alarms mandatory in my home?
The Ontario Fire Code mandates the installation of smoke alarms between sleeping areas and the remainder of your residence. Since March 1, 2006 smoke alarms have been required to be installed on every level of a home. Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling whenever possible and not too close to walls or corners.
- How often should I check my smoke alarms and how should I maintain them?
Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pushing the test button. They should be gently vacuumed every six months. If your smoke alarms are battery operated, you should change the batteries when the clocks are moved ahead in the spring and back in the fall. You also need to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.
- What fire safety measures should I take to protect my family?
The most important factors to protect your family are operating smoke alarms and a family escape plan. Research has shown that many residences are equipped with smoke alarms, but many have dead batteries. Smoke is what kills most people in fires and without an operating battery your smoke alarm will not warn you of it. The other important task is to create a family escape plan which includes two exits from each room of your residence and a family meeting place. Once you make your plan, practice it as a family. Should an emergency occur, do not go back in to your residence for any reason. Leave a responsible person to keep everyone at the meeting place and make the call for help from a neighbour’s residence.
- Should we install a carbon monoxide detector in our home? (Yes, it’s the law!)
Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It comes from incomplete combustion of fuel fired appliances or vehicles. You can lessen the chance of CO in your home by having fuel fired appliances serviced annually by a qualified technician, not allowing vehicles or engines of any kind to warm up in a garage (pull them outside once you start them), not using barbecues in garages or indoors, and having chimneys and flues checked regularly. It is also a good idea to open the windows and change the air in the house every so often, even in the winter. You should also never use fuel fired appliances in tents, trailers, motor homes and any other enclosed space.
Click here to view the Carbon Monoxide Awareness page for installation regulations.
- What should we do if our carbon monoxide alarm sounds?
- Open windows to ventilate and have everyone move outside.
- Call “911” for assistance.
- Be aware of symptoms of CO poisoning (headache, dizziness, weariness, nausea, vomiting) and report these, if present, when you call.
- Once it is determined that it is safe to re-enter your residence, have all fuel fire appliances checked by a qualified technician
- Can I have an open air fire in my backyard?
The Town of Arnprior does have a regulatory bylaw with regards to Open Air Burning. For details of the By-law please refer to the town website by-law page. The By-law requires residents to obtain an open air burning permit by completing this application form and bringing it to the Fire Department during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) .
- How can I become a volunteer firefighter?
The Fire Department has a recruitment information package available outlining our hiring procedures. Click here to download the Recruitment Information Package and Arnprior Fire Department Application or call our office at 623-4231 option 2 for more information.