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Monday, January 14, 2019

False Alarm Emergency Calls In Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

False alarms have been on the increase for Saugeen Shores Fire Services.

Fire Chief Phil Eagleson says about 100 non-emergency calls involving fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms were dealt with by the Fire Department in 2018.

Eagleson, speaking during Saugeen Shores budget talks on January 8th, says those calls become expensive when equipment and volunteer firefighters are sent out and sometimes the taxpayers are on the hook for the cost.

If it happens more than once at the same place because of faulty equipment that hasn't been repaired or replaced, then that specific homeowner has to cover the cost of any subsequent visit.

Eagleson says the solution is simple.

Homeowners should check all smoke alarms and CO alarms regularly to make sure they're in working order and batteries should be changed as well.

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