Statement from Chief Kevin Foster, President, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
April 4, 2013
Ajax – On behalf of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) I want to take this opportunity to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and all who knew the Dunsmuir family who perished in last week’s tragic fire in East Gwillimbury. 
In addition we want to recognize all first responders who attended the scene including East Gwillimbury Emergency Services, York Region Police and EMS. 
The OAFC echoes the words of Ontario’s Fire Marshal Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, when he says that this tragedy reinforces the importance of early detection of a fire in your home and the need to develop and practice a fire safety and escape plan. 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs reiterates that  it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every floor and outside all sleeping areas.  Only a working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you.  Test your smoke alarms at least once a month and ensure all alarms have a battery backup.  Replace your batteries every 6 months.  When you change your clocks in the spring and fall, change your batteries in your smoke alarms.  Smoke alarms do wear out, so if your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
Make sure your family has an up-to-date home fire safety and escape plan.  Have at least two escape routes out of every room - practice your fire escape plan regularly.  Fire, heat, poisonous fumes and toxic smoke may mean you have only seconds to act.  Remember, fire prevention is the best way to fight a fire.
Information on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, home escape plans and other general fire safety information is available on our website or contact your local fire department.
Chief Kevin Foster
Ontairo Association of Fire Chiefs