Prevention & Public Education
This program is organized and managed by the Fire Prevention office. This mandated program operates annually as a service to the community to ensure that residents have the proper quantity of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed and operating in their homes. The Department’s goal is to ensure that every dwelling unit in the community has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and that they are tested and maintained in working condition. As part of the program, fire personnel visit residents in their homes to provide education on smoke and carbon monoxide alarm placement, functionality and best maintenance practices.
To date there have been no Provincial Offence Certificates issued, and all violations are typically corrected while fire personnel are present to assist. Upon finding a faulty or non-working smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm, fire personnel offer to provide the occupant with a battery operated alarm or replacement battery at cost.
Please remember failure to comply with Fire Code requirements can result in provincial offences violation and may include other charges under the Ontario Fire Code.
Emergency Siren Test
The emergency siren is tested in the spring and fall of every year, around the time clocks are changed. The Arnprior Fire Department makes use of the siren test to serve as a reminder for all Town residents as well as landlords and tenants of rental buildings to test residential smoke alarms and replace batteries as needed. Anyone with a Carbon Monoxide detector, which is battery operated or contains a battery for back-up should consider replacing those batteries as well.
Pursuant to sentence 11 of Part III of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997, the Fire Chief of the municipality and members of the Fire Prevention Office are assistants to the Fire Marshal and as such are authorized to enter and inspect any building or premises in the municipality of Arnprior for the purposes of assessing fire safety. Consequently, inspections shall be conducted upon request or complaint and at frequencies as outlined in the Municipal Fire Prevention Policy.
The Arnprior Fire Department works with the community to teach fire safety behaviors designed to help prevent accidental fires and aid in the event of an emergency. Offerings include fire and life safety education programs for children and adults which can be customized to meet the requirements of any group. The following services are available to the public by appointment. Contact the Fire Prevention Office of the Arnprior Fire Department.
Making a Family Emergency Plan
Why 72 hours?
Experience has shown that it can take 72 hours or more to mobilize a significant relief effort during an emergency. The 72 hour preparedness message is commonly used across North America by first responders (fire, police, and paramedics), governments and relief organizations. Canadians are encouraged to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours – that’s 3 days – of an emergency. This lets emergency workers focus on people in urgent need. To support their efforts, the rest of us need to be prepared to look after ourselves.
Why prepare your family?
While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, individuals also have an important role to play in emergency preparedness. By being prepared to take care of yourself, you allow community resources to be used more effectively during an emergency – and you help keep your own family safe too. Simply put, emergency preparedness begins at home.
Start today. Prepare your emergency kit. Prepare your family – so in the case of a major emergency like a flood or blackout – you are ready to take care of yourself and your loved ones for at least 72 hours.
Basic Emergency Kit
The key is to make sure items are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don’t wait for a disaster to happen.
Recommended Additional Items
The basic emergency kit will help you get through the first 72 hours of an emergency. In addition to this kit, we recommend you also have the following additional emergency supplies. Then you will be well equipped for even the worst emergency situations.
Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior. The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors. Often, the local fire department will be contacted to help deal with this serious issue. Since studies suggest that between three and five percent of the population are compulsive hoarders, fire departments must become familiar with this issue and how to effectively handle it.
What is hoarding?
Hoarding is defined as collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed. The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.
Why do people become hoarders?
Hoarding is a mental disorder that can be genetic in nature, triggered by traumatic events, or a symptom of another disorder, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or dementia. Studies have found that hoarding usually begins in early adolescence and gets worse as a person ages. It is more common among older adults.
Why is hoarding an issue for the fire service?
Is there help available?
Yes! If you or someone you know may be at risk due to hoarding contact the central intake line for Community Mental Health Services at 1-800-991-7711