Tragic fire highlights importance of home safety checks

Firefighter Barrie Christie (left) and Tyler Hartsell with Chatham home owner Cherylynn Parry on a CHiRP Home Safety Check visit (Submitted photo)

Smoke alarms save lives – this is the message from Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services following a tragic fire in Brampton last week that left three people dead and a little girl seriously injured.

Fire Paramedic Chief Ken Stuebing is urging CK residents to request a CHiRP Home Safety Check.

“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” Stuebing said in a press release.

“Just as important as having working alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs. We want to make sure your home is protected and everyone knows how to safely get out.”

CKFES crews visit homes every day to complete CHiRP Home Safety Checks.

“I recommend it to everyone in the community; it’s free, easy and it took less than 10 minutes,” said Chatham resident, Cherylynn Parry.

“Fire crews checked my alarms, answered my questions and chatted with me about home safety.”

For more information or to book a CHiRP Home Safety Check, please visit: or call 519.360.1998.

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