Preventing Injury

Preventing Injury

Fire Prevention

(original article By Cecilia Nasmith/Today’s Northumberland , Feb 10 2021)

Northumberland County’s Fire Prevention Committee has issued a reminder to install smoke alarms, as well as some guidelines for the best ways of doing so.

Smoke alarms should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).

On levels without bedrooms, install your smoke alarm in the living room, den or family room and/or near the stairs. Basement smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling at the foot of the stairs leading up.

Smoke alarms should be no closer than 10 ft. (three metres) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms.

Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers or other decorations could actually keep them from working.

For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so that, when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless technology. When interconnecting, it is important to be sure that all the alarms come from the same manufacturer – if they are not compatible, they may not sound.

There are two types of smoke alarms – ionization and photoelectric.

An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, while a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smouldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination ionization-photoelectric alarms (also known as dual-sensor smoke alarms) are recommended.

Always keep manufacturers’ instructions for reference and maintain them according to instructions. Follow these instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms in good working order.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month, using the test button. Make sure everyone in your home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm immediately.

Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that type of alarm chirps, it’s a warning that the battery is low and should be replaced right away. When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions specific to the brand and model needed – the unit may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.


Rowan’s Law Day is the last Wednesday of each September

Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer who, in May 2013 at the age of 17, died as the result of a head injury she sustained while playing rugby with her high school team.  Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour the memory of Rowan Stringer and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.

Key Concussion Resources 

Parachute’s concussion resources – including the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport here

Government of Ontario – Rowan’s Law Concussion Safety here

Ophea’s Rowan’s Law Toolkit for Schools here

Cooaches’ Association of Ontario’s Concussion Toolkit here

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit’s Concussion Awarenss Training Tool here

Water Safety

Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue here

Canadian Safe Boating Council here 

Drowning Prevention here (Parachute Canada)

Float Plan – used to outline the details of each boat trip here (

Lifesaving Society here

Safe Boating Guide here (Transport Canada)

Be Aware and Stay Safe

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre here

Consumer Product Safety (Health Canada) here 

Crimestoppers Peterborough Northumberland here

Emergency Preparedness Guide (Gov’t of Canada) here

Get Cyber Safe (Gov’t of Canada) here

Health and Safety (Ministry of Labour) here

Ontario Poison Centre here

Electrical Safety Authority here 

Electrical Safety at Home #NoSafeShock Campaign (information, toolkit and resources for parents/caregivers)  here

Farm 911 (the use of 911 signage on rural property)  here

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