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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, November 1-7

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Nov 1, 2019

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

Ontario’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and the Highlands East Fire Department reminds you to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in your home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Highlands East Acting Fire Chief Chris Baughman. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.” Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.

The Highlands East Fire Department also reminds you to install CO alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

“You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage,” said Acting Chief Baughman. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

What is CO?

  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:

  • Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.
  • Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
  • Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
  • Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings.
  • Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
  • Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.

Know the symptoms of CO:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its "end-of-life" before calling 911.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.

Burning By-Law and Application

Posted to Applications, Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jul 9, 2019

Small fires are permitted in most areas of Highlands East as long as the following rules are complied with:

  • There is no daytime burning permitted during the fire season (April 1st to November 30th) without a permit. Fires may take place only during the time from 7:00PM to 7:00AM.
  • Your fire can be no greater than .6 metres (approx. 24 inches) in diameter.
  • Your fire must be setback a minimum of 10 metres from any structure.
  • Only environmentally friendly materials may be burned.
  • The smoke from your fire cannot interfere with your neighbours or a roadway.
  • You must have sufficient tools and water available to put the fire out should the need arise.
  • You must be with your fire at all times.

You may have a campfire during the day, using the same size restrictions and conditions listed above however it can only be used for cooking and warmth. It must be attended at all times.

All other fires need a permit. Please contact the municipal office for more information and to obtain a permit download the by-law and application below.

Any municipal or county-wide burn ban supercedes these rules.

The charges to extinguish a fire begins at $477 per hour.

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Fraud Alert: Watch out for local Fire Department Phone Scams

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Jun 7, 2019

Be advised, the Municipality of Highlands East Fire Departments, other Fire Departments of Haliburton County and the Firefighters Associations DO NOT solicit funds over the phone. We have received reports of such calls happening throughout the County. Always be vigilant, and never give out personal information or money over the phone.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2019: Are You Ready?

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 8, 2019
Emergencies can happen anytime. Are you ready?

2019 Emergency Preparedness Week's theme is “Are You Ready?” and focuses on the importance of individuals and families being prepared for emergencies before they happen. Download the Emergency Preparedness Pocket Guide which features updated information on how you and your family can prepare for an emergency and follow the links below for additional specialized preparedness guides:

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Fire Committee Agenda & Minutes for March 11, 2019

Fire Prevention Week 2018

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Oct 1, 2018

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:

  1. Look for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
    • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
    • Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
    • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
  2. Listen for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
  3. Learn two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

Visit firepreventionweek.org and ontario.ca/firemarshal for more.

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Emergency Preparedness Week 2018: Be Emergency Ready - Stay Connected

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 3, 2018

Emergency Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility but not everyone has the means or capacity to deal with emergencies. We encourage you to check on your neighbours to make sure they’re okay – knock on their door if you have to – and reach out to family and friends who may need you help during an emergency.

Make a Plan

Create your emergency family plan and practice it. In an emergency, your family may not be together, or you may be asked to evacuate your home. Thinking about what you would do in different situations and preparing a plan with every member of your family is the first step to being prepared.

Build a Kit

Get together with your family and put together an emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours (three days).

Be Informed

Wireless Emergency Alerts are here. But only for LTE-enabled (4G) cell phones and mobile devices in Canada. The geo-targeted alerts will warn Canadians about dangers and imminent threats to life and property so they can take appropriate action.

Click here to check your phone’s compatibility and see if it can receive wireless emergency alerts. The OFMEM website includes FAQs and other information.

If you’ve got an older model phone you can still get emergency alerts from Ontario’s Emergency Public Warning System. The system allows subscribers to receive tornado warnings and emergency alerts.

Still want more?

Get information about current provincial emergencies.

Fire Prevention Week 2017

Posted to Fire Rescue, Services on Oct 10, 2017

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Click here for more information.

May 7th through 13th is Emergency Preparedness Week

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on May 6, 2017

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May and this year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This year's theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you. With the Flood Warnings and Watches that are currently affecting Highlands East, this is more important than ever.

Visit Emergency Management Ontario's Be Prepared website to follow the steps and get more information on how to be prepared for an emergency and download the Pocket Guide below.

Banner for Emergency Preparedness Week that says Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

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Fire Department Application Forms

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 12, 2017