This year, the Porcupine Health Unit is encouraging residents to take action and reduce the risk of house fires and potential fatalities. According to the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal, tobacco materials (cigarettes, cigars and pipes) remain the number one ignition source of fatal residential fires.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every second counts: Plan 2 ways out!” Smoke and fire spread fast, so there’s no time to figure out how to escape after a fire starts. That’s why you need working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan.
Multi-unit housing (MUH) is any shared residences such as:
Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, smoking is illegal in the common areas of multi-unit housing (e.g., elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities and lobbies). Despite 80% of tenants wanting to live in a smoke-free building, approximately 1 in 5 Ontarians are exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke, due to shared walls, hallways, electrical and ventilation systems.
There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and it can cause immediate damage to your health. It can lead to a number of diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
If second-hand smoke is frequently getting into your home:
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