Ringing your bell to check smoke detectors

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vCOP checking smoke detectors between Westminster and Melling

 

Members from our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, will be ringing doorbells from now until October 1 on Melling Ave., Mackle Rd. Westminster to Melling, and Wavell Rd. from Westminster to Melling.
These vCOP members are part of our smoke detector brigade service. They will be offering to test the smoke detectors in your home. They’ll also replace batteries where needed, for free.
Our vCOP members always work in teams of two. They will be wearing their orange vCOP shirt or jacket. They will also have a photo ID.
Remember, you should always be cautious before opening the door and letting anyone into your home. If you aren’t sure, don’t open the door.

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

D’ici au 1er octobre, les membres de notre patrouille bénévole, les vCOP, visiteront les résidences des rues  Melling, Mackle (entre Westminster et Melling), et Wavell (entre Westminster et Melling).
 
Ces membres font partie de notre brigade de détecteurs de fumée. Ils vous proposeront de vérifier les  détecteurs de votre résidence et, au besoin, changeront la pile. Ceci est un service gratuit. 
 
Nos vCOP travaillent toujours en équipe de deux. Ils portent une veste ou un chandail de vCOP orange. Ils ont aussi une carte d’identité avec leur photo. 
 
Nous vous rappelons de toujours exercer de la prudence lorsque vous ouvrez votre porte et laissez entrer quelqu’un chez vous. Si vous n’êtes pas certain, n’ouvrez pas la porte. 

Côte Saint-Luc calls residents in advance of vCOP smoke detector brigade visit

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Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade will be ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors, replacing dead batteries and installing new smoke detectors where needed for the fifth consecutive year. And City Hall will be sending out hundreds of phone messages in advance to alert residents to these visits.
“The smoke detector brigade has begun ringing doorbells and will continue all summer,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Please welcome these uniformed volunteers into your house as they are there to help you.”
Last week 432 phone lines in the area from Smart to Westminster received an automated phone call from City Hall to advise of the visit:

               Members from our volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, will be ringing doorbells on Smart, Wolseley, Hudson and Westminster from April                    28 until the end of May. 

“These vCOP members are part of our smoke detector brigade service. They will be offering to test the smoke detectors in your home. They’ll also replace batteries where needed, for free.
Our vCOP members always work in teams of two. They will be wearing their orange vCOP shirt or jacket. They will also have a photo ID. 
Remember, you should always be cautious before opening the door and letting anyone into your home. If you aren’t sure, don’t open the door.
Du 28 avril à la fin mai, les membres de notre patrouille bénévole, les vCOP, visiteront les résidences de des rues  Smart, Wolseley, Hudson et Westminster.  
Ces membres font partie de notre brigade de détecteurs de fumée. Ils vous proposeront de vérifier les  détecteurs de votre résidence et, au besoin, changeront la pile. Ceci est un service gratuit. 
Nos vCOP travaillent toujours en équipe de deux. Ils portent une veste ou un chandail de vCOP orange. Ils ont aussi une carte d’identité avec leur photo. 
Nous vous rappelons de toujours exercer de la prudence lorsque vous ouvrez votre porte et laissez entrer quelqu’un chez vous. Si vous n’êtes pas certain, n’ouvrez pas la porte. 
This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for vCOP and emergency measures. “Too many deaths occur across Canada that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector,” Nashen said.
Since 1977, the City of Cote Saint-Luc has required smoke detectors in all homes and buildings. The owner or tenant is responsible for its upkeep, including changing the battery twice a year and replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. A carbon monoxide detector is also recommended near garages and fuel-burning devices.

Côte Saint-Luc vCOP smoke detector brigade going door to door

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smoke_detectorFor the fifth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade are ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors and replacing dead batteries where needed.

The smoke detector brigade recently completed the south-east corner of the city including Borden, Randall, Alpine and Pinedale Avenues and surrounding east-west streets. It is now moving on to David Lewis and surrounding streets near the Décarie Square area.

“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Too many deaths occur that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector.”

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade goes door to door inspecting mandatory smoke detectors and will go so far as to install a new one (Photo: Martin Chamberland, La Presse)

This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.

 

“Once again, our vCOP teams are providing another level of preventative safety to residents,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for vCOP. “Whether they are checking smoke detectors, spotting garage doors left open, or watching out for homes of vacationers, our vCOP volunteers are helping Côte Saint-Luc remain one of the safest cities on the island.”
Côte Saint-Luc has a long history of fire prevention, including By-law 1556 requires smoke detectors in all new homes and buildings, which was adopted in 1977.

The Côte Saint-Luc smoke detector brigade visiting homes this spring and summer

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For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade will be ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors, replacing dead batteries and installing new smoke detectors where needed.
“The smoke detector brigade will begin ringing doorbells in mid-May and continue all summer,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Please welcome these uniformed volunteers into your house as they are there to help you.”
This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, responsible for vCOP and emergency measures. “Too many deaths occur that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector,” Nashen said.
Since 1977, the City of Cote Saint-Luc has required smoke detectors in all homes and buildings. The owner or tenant is responsible for its upkeep, including changing the battery twice a year and replacing smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. A carbon monoxide detector is also recommended near garages and fuel-burning devices.

Montréal fire prevention month – Mois de la prévention des incendies

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For the fourth straight year, the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) is launching Montréal fire prevention and emergency management month. SIM personnel have put together an array of awareness-building activities, intended to increase its visibility with Montrealers, from September 16 to October 13, 2013. 
New this year: The SIM and the Centre de la sécurité civile de Montréal (CSC) are joining forces to highlight two topics: smoke detectors and the 72-hour kit, which contains a few items that would be essential in emergency situations (e.g., water, a blanket, non-perishable food). 
Montréal fire prevention and emergency management month is a unique and tangible initiative demonstrating that the safety of residents in Greater Montréal ranks as a priority. The awareness-building efforts implemented by the SIM help to reduce the risks of fire and major losses, and to save human lives. 
Throughout this one-month period, the SIM will deploy teams in public spaces, conduct inspections of several elementary schools – both public and private – as well as day-care centres, invite the general public to try its two fire safety and emergency management simulators, participate in The Big Evacuation(web page French only) on October 9, 2013 and visit thousands of homes to ensure they are equipped with properly functioning smoke detectors.

Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol assist the Fire Department in smoke detector verifications and may be knocking on your door. soon.  Please let them in to give you the thumbs up on your detector.

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Pour une quatrième année, le Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) lance le Mois de la prévention des incendies et de la sécurité civile de Montréal. En effet, du 16 septembre au 13 octobre 2013, le personnel du SIM a concocté une panoplie d’activités de sensibilisation dans le but d’être encore plus présent auprès des citoyens.

Une nouveauté cette année, le SIM et le Centre de la sécurité civile de Montréal (CSC) unissent leurs efforts autour de deux thèmes qui seront mis en valeur : l’avertisseur de fumée et la trousse 72 heures. Cette trousse réunit quelques items indispensables lors de situations d’urgence (ex. : eau, couverture, nourriture non périssable, etc.)

Le Mois de la prévention des incendies et de la sécurité civile de Montréal est une initiative concrète et unique qui démontre toute l’importance attribuée à la sécurité de la population de l’agglomération montréalaise. Les efforts de sensibilisation mis en œuvre par le SIM contribuent à réduire les risques d’incendie et de sinistre majeur et à préserver des vies humaines.

Tout au cours du mois, le SIM déploiera des équipes dans des lieux publics, inspectera plusieurs écoles primaires publiques et privées ainsi que des garderies, fera vivre l’expérience de ses deux simulateurs en sécurité incendie et civile à la population, participera à La Grande Évacuation le 9 octobre 2013, en plus de visiter des milliers de domiciles afin de s’assurer qu’ils sont munis d’un avertisseur de fumée fonctionnel.

Les membres du Citoyens en patrouille de Côte Saint-Luc aident les pompiers aux vérifications de détecteurs de fumée et peuvent frapper à votre porte bientôt. S’il vous plaît laissez-les entrer pour vous donner le feu vert concernant votre détecteur.

vCOP to assist Montreal Fire Department in smoke detector blitz

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Members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol will have the chance to work side by side with the Montreal Fire Department this weekend in a blitz to get all residents to change their smoke detector batteries coinciding with the change to Daylight Savings Time.

vCOP will go door to door speaking to as many residents as possible to remind every one of the importance of keeping their detectors functional year round.

vCOP has assisted CSL Public Security and Montreal Police during its 6 1/2 years of service but this is the first time that it will have the opportunity to directly assist the Fire Department.

While our EMS volunteers used to work closely with our CSL Fire Department that all ended 10 years ago with the forced mergers and the transfer of fire services from CSL to Montreal.

I’m very proud that the services offered by vCOP continues to expand helping to make Cote Saint-Luc the safest community in the region.

When I launched the concept in 2006 I had a goal to recruit 100 volunteers and acquire several vehicles and bicycles to allow these patrollers to circulate at anytime of day or night.  I am so pleased that we have been able to expand our offering in the areas of emergency preparedness, searching for missing persons, distribution of water during service interruption, protecting residents from downed power lines, cables, trees and branches and now with fire safety and prevention.

Hats off to our nearly 100 volunteers and to our team leaders and supervisors.  Their efforts are making a difference in the lives of Cote Saint-Lucers on a daily basis.

If you’ve had any experiences with vCOP and would like to thank them too please click on ‘Leave a Comment’.

Fire department website promotes changing batteries – in French only

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After much cajoling by myself, Councillor Dida Burku, Mayor Anthony Housefather and the CSL City Council, the Montreal Fire Department has finally translated a significant portion of its website from French only. This is a positive step.   I, and many other English-speaking residents, appreciate this attention which was long overdue.

However, the FD must be reminded to keep it up to date to inform residents of safety messages and to educate the public in all aspects of fire safety regulations and home safety procedures.

Unfortunately they seem to have neglected to translate information about checking smoke detector batteries on their English homepage.

Last week, they ran a sensitization campaign to verify smoke detectors during the Spring Forward changing of the clocks.  On the French homepage the top article reads: On change l’heure, on vérifie son avertisseur!.  However, if you click on ENGLISH (from the French homepage or from the French article cited above) there is no such article in English.

It seems that the Montreal FD targeted only one language group and ignored the other.  Obviously this is unacceptable.

Thank you Montreal FD for translating the site to be significantly bilingual.  But please make a greater effort to ensure that it is kept up to date.  This is a matter of safety and security for all Montreal Island residents regardless of language.

Fire prevention month – “Safety in the forefront” only in French

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Months of the Montreal Fire – Fire safety in the forefront

The following press release was issued by the Montreal Fire Department.  Despite repeated requests by the City of Cote Saint-Luc, Mayor Anthony Housefather and myself, the MFD, an Agglomeration of Montreal service, continues to publicize its safety events, promotions and website in French only.  What follows is a translation using Google Translate:

MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2011 – The Fire Department of Montreal (SIM) offers the population of Greater Montreal, as part of the second edition of the Month Fire Prevention, a series of thematic activities. The event runs from September 19 to October 16, 2011. Although the evacuation plan is the theme this year, the importance of having a functional smoke alarm in the home remains at the heart of the actions taken.

Messrs. Claude Trudel, head of public security to the executive committee of the City of Montreal, Serge Tremblay, director of the Fire Department of Montreal, consider important that the initiative is repeated annually.

“The municipal administration strongly supports the initiative of the SIM. The success of last year shows that the population is becoming more receptive to messages of fire prevention. We must therefore continue all efforts so that citizens of the metropolis incorporate into their daily preventive behaviors suggested. So is safety. In this sense, I invite them to participate in large numbers to Month Fire of Montreal “, said Mr. Trudel.

Month Fire of Montreal is an event that has no equal. Last year, nearly 83,000 elementary students have undertaken to check the smoke alarm in their homes as part of their participation in the activity “Firefighter for a Day”, almost 12 000 people been encountered at public events, more than 3000 dwellings were visited 230 primary schools were inspected and about 1 400 children were sensitized through appropriate activities. This year the contest “Draw your plan! “And the series of activities offered, the service is optimistic it will exceed the number of children and families joined them.

Throughout the Prevention Month, the SIM will deploy resources in public places to raise awareness and to provide fire safety tips, visit the private primary schools and all secondary schools of the island, meet with groups of seniors, will experience the fire simulator to small pre-school, will hold open houses in some barracks and visit homes to ensure they are equipped with a smoke alarm functional. In all these activities, followed by several activities jointly.

“For the second consecutive year, the MIS staff has invested to provide an imaginative programming and a high quality of Montrealers. We have honed our communication strategies so that our message is heard by as many citizens as possible. Since the fire first starts at home, I encourage people to learn about fire prevention to our prevention officers and firefighters as well as through our website. By visiting it, they can view videos themes, various documents and consult the complete program of the event, “said Director Smith.

To be aware of the program, visit ville.montreal.qc.ca / sim.

Smoke detectors would have saved woman’s life

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The recent deadly fire on Van Horne Ave in Cote des Neiges was a terrible reminder of just how important it is to have functioning smoke detectors in your home.  Firefighters did a blitz in the neighbourhood the next day and found 70% of residences were without operating detectors.

This is astounding and absurd!  Is your life not worth the trouble of a $10 or $20 detector and a couple of bucks for a new battery?

Also worth noting is that door-to-door fire inspections have fallen off the radar at the Montreal Fire Department since the mergers in 2002.  Our pre-merger Cote Saint-Luc Fire Department did inspections nearly every day of the week, all year-long.  Places of large gatherings such as the shopping centres, church, synagogues and civic centres were inspected every week.  Houses, condos and apartments were inspected at least once a year.

Since the merger, there are hardly any inspections at all.  We pay more in taxes for less services for Montreal’s fire inspection. This is totally unacceptable.  Another empty promise from those that forced the mergers on us.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, nine years after merging the fire departments there is still not a word of English on their website!

CTV Montreal – Smoke detectors would have saved woman’s life – CTV News.

Fire safety at home

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Smoke detectors can be purchased for under $10 and can save your life

Yesterday’s news of a tragic fire on Van Horne Ave in Cote des Neiges should serve as a strong reminder that everyone is responsible to ensure that they have working smoke detectors in operation in their homes. 

In Cote Saint-Luc bylaws require smoke alarms to be installed on every level of the house, located in the common area (corridor) serving each floor.

If your house has been constructed after September 1987, then you must have inter-connected smoke alarms, meaning that when the corridor mounted smoke alarm sounds on the bedroom level for example, all of the smoke alarms will sound throughout the house.

We strongly recommend the installation of additional smoke alarms within each bedroom, as well as the installation of carbon monoxide detectors. In rental housing, it is the responsibility of the landlord to supply the smoke alarm and the tenant is responsible for the annual maintenance (changing the battery).

Deadly consequences need not happen in so many cases like yesterday.  Such horrible outcomes can be avoided by simply following basic fire prevention rules. Be sure to check your smoke detectors monthly and change your batteries when the clocks are adjusted in the spring and fall.

Read more safety tips from my blog or from Cote Saint-Luc’s website.

Safety Tip – Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!

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Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!

Home fires kill eight Canadians a week. While these fires represent 40 percent of all types of fires, they are responsible for 73 percent of fire deaths. Most of these deaths could be prevented by taking a few precautions.

Follow these tips from Fire Prevention Canada to help protect you and your family from home fires.

Every month · Test your alarm: Press the button on your smoke alarm and keep it pressed down. The alarm should sound.

· If your alarm has no button, it is outdated and must be replaced.

· Another way to test the alarm is by holding a freshly extinguished candle under it. The alarm should sound within 20 seconds.

· Let air circulate to get rid of the smoke and allow the alarm to turn off.

Twice a year · Change the batteries in all smoke alarms twice a year (for example, when you change your clocks in the fall and spring).

Every two years· Take the cover off and clean it with a damp cloth.

· Carefully vacuum the inside of the alarm.

· Put the cover back and make sure the alarm is working.

Every 10 years· Replace your smoke alarm. Some models last as little as 5 years.

If the smoke alarm is not working· Replace the battery.

· Check fuses and circuit-breakers, or call an electrician. There may be an electrical problem in your home.

· If these steps do not help, the alarm may be defective. Replace it immediately.

· When you take out the alarm battery, always replace it with another one immediately.

Fire safety also depends on every member of the household knowing what to do and on having an escape plan. If you do not have an emergency plan, take a few minutes to create one today.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, with information provided by Fire Prevention Canada.

To learn more about how to prepare for a range of emergencies, visit GetPrepared.ca, or follow us on Twitter @Get_Prepared.

Fire prevention campaign targets school children

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The first “Fire Prevention Month” of the Montreal Fire Department has begun.  Claude Trudel, Chair of Public Security on the Montreal executive committee, and Serge Tremblay, Director of the Fire Department launched the program aimed at Montreal school children.  The theme is “Fire Safety Starts at Home”.  FD teams will visit over 300 primary schools on the island.

Emphasis will be placed on the need to have a working smoke alarm. “A working smoke detector was missing in all cases of deaths due to accidental fires in homes in 2009,” said Mr. Trudel. “In this context, FD teams will visit 50,000 homes to ascertain the presence and operation of this essential tool. Where deficiencies are found, alarms as well as lithium batteries are distributed by prevention agents.  To date, 30,000 visits have taken place.”

“Fire Prevention Month is a concrete initiative that demonstrates the importance this Administration attaches to the safety of Montrealers. Prevention contributes to security and our quality of life,” says Mr. Trudel.

The Director of the FD said that “empowering citizens of all ages with regard to their own safety, makes them our allies in fire safety across the island. That’s why Fire Prevention Month offers extensive programming for the general public. ”

Fire Prevention Month is held from September 13 to October 10, 2010 on the entire territory of Greater Montreal. For program details, visit ville.montreal.qc.ca/sim.

In my opinion:  The Montreal Fire Department amalgamated all the fire departments on the island of Montreal in 2002, including all of those in bilingual cities, such as Cote Saint-Luc.  After 8 years of service one would think they would offer an English language version of their website and educational materials.  This is truly disappointing and quite unacceptable and should be corrected without further delay.