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Every RV should have working smoke alarm

TORONTO, July 3 2008 - On June 30, a 34-year-old man and two young children died in a fire in a trailer park in Essex, Ontario. It has been confirmed by Office of the Fire Marshal investigators that no working smoke alarms were found in the trailer.

As a result of this tragic fatal fire, the Fire Marshal of Ontario is urging everyone to have a working smoke alarm in their trailer home, motor home or other recreational vehicle.

Most Fire Codes require every 'dwelling unit' in to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. What many people may not know is that the term 'dwelling unit' includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins and cottages and may include trailer homes, motor homes and other recreational vehicles.

While many new trailer and RV models may already meet a construction standard requiring working smoke alarms, older models may not be equipped with any or they may not have been properly maintained. It is a good practice to install working smoke alarms in any recreational vehicle, trailer and boat with sleeping quarters. Test the alarms monthly and after any absence of more than a few days. Replace any smoke alarms that may be more than 10 years old. "Smoke alarms can alert you and give you and your family the precious time needed to safely escape a fire," said Burke. "Install smoke alarms in any structure where people may be sleeping or living.".

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