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Barrie fire officials want kids to 'push the button' starting Monday during campaign

TVO Kids and Ontario Fire Marshal's office team up to remind people to check their smoke alarms.

TVO Kids and Ontario Fire Marshal's office team up to remind people to check their smoke alarms.

To raise awareness about the importance of testing smoke alarms, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, the Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids are teaming up on the “Push the Button!” campaign. The campaign encourages everyone in the community to “Push the Button!” and test the smoke alarms in their homes with the goal of testing as many alarms as possible between Monday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, March 9, when the clocks spring forward.

“The “Push the Button!” campaign is a fun way to remind everyone about the importance of regularly testing their smoke alarm batteries,” said Barrie Fire Chief John Lynn. “When you change your clocks it’s time to check your smoke alarms too. Working smoke alarms save lives, it’s as simple as that.”

Kids are encouraged to get involved and ‘push the button’ with their parents’ help to hear if the alarms are working. They can then go to tvokids.com to enter the number of alarms they’ve tested and the number will be added to TVOKids “Push the Button!” counter. Kids will also be able to print a special “Push the Button!” certificate.

Over 60,000 alarms have been tested in Ontario since the “Push the Button!” campaign started in 2012. The campaign takes place for two weeks every spring and fall when the clocks change.

For more information, visit barrie.ca and search “push the button”.


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