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Fire Education and Prevention

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The Town of Saugeen Shores Fire and Emergency Services are truly leaders and innovators in the field of Fire Education and Prevention.

Most of the public education responsibilities and related programs are handled by our Fire Prevention Officer and Volunteer Firefighters. The Fire Prevention Officer also concentrates on the critical tasks of Fire Code Inspection, enforcement and fire investigations. This has resulted in making our Town a much safer place in which to live and work.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms - Protect yourself and your family.

  • Install smoke alarms – it´s the law.
  • Smoke alarms save lives.  Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep.
  • One smoke alarm is not enough.  Install smoke alarms on every level of your home near sleeping areas.
  • Where to install smoke alarms.  Because smoke rises, you should place alarms on the ceiling.
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly.  Every week, test your smoke alarms using the alarm test button.
  • Change your clock, change your battery.  Install a new battery of the proper type at least once a year. We change our clocks each spring and fall so this is a good time to change your smoke alarm batteries too.
  • Gently vacuum alarm every six months.  Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so carefully vacuum the inside of a battery powered unit using the soft bristle brush.
  • Smoke alarms do not last forever.  Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
  • Plan your escape.  Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs.
  • Under the Ontario Fire Code, every home in Ontario is required to have working smoke alarms.
  • Homeowners must ensure that smoke alarms are installed between sleeping and living areas. They are also required to maintain the smoke alarms in working order.
  • In rental accommodations, the obligation to install and maintain smoke alarms in operating condition falls to the landlord. Landlords must also provide smoke alarm maintenance information to the occupant of each unit.
  • It is an offence for any person to disable a smoke alarm.  This requirement applies equally to homeowners, landlords and tenants.
  • Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements of the Fire Code can result in a $200.00 fine.

Smoke Alarms save lives

Green Flashing Light

What does it mean?

  • The green flashing light means that a volunteer firefighter is responding to an emergency in his/her own vehicle.
  • Please pull over safely to the side of the road and allow the vehicle to pass.
  • Be sure and look before you re-enter the roadway as there may be more than one firefighter vehicle following each other.
  • Remember the emergency the volunteer firefighter is responding to may be yours.

Watch for Flashing Green Light - Firefighter Emergency Response sign


Inspections and Tours

The Saugeen Shores Fire Department conducts routine inspections of commercial buildings throughout the year to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.  Home inspections can be offered on a request basis.  Group presentations and Fire Station tours are available to residents of Saugeen Shores upon request. 

Tanker Service - May reduce Property Insurance Premiums

The Saugeen Shores Fire Department has demonstrated that it can provide adequate fire flows using their tanker trucks and has been accredited by the Fire Underwriters Survey for Superior Tanker Shuttle Service.

Properties that are not serviced by fire hydrants but are located within 8 kms of either the Port Elgin Fire Station or the Southampton Fire Station may qualify homeowners for a reduction in property insurance premiums.

Please print one of the following Certificates of Accreditation (Port Elgin Fire Station or Southampton Fire Station depending on which station serves your property) and take it to your Insurance Agent to find out if your property qualifies for a reduced insurance premium.