Are you prepared?

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services encourages families to “Push 2 Buttons!”

Hand pushing the button of a smoke alarmTo raise awareness about the importance of testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Service, the Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids are teaming up on the “Push 2 Buttons!” campaign.

Parents are encouraged to give children permission to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their home, after which they can enter the number of alarms they have tested into the TVOKids interactive smoke alarm at The number will be added into TVO Kids “Push 2 Buttons!” counter, and children can print off their own “Push 2 Buttons” certificate. The campaign runs from March 1 – 14.

This is also great opportunity to talk to your children about your family’s home escape plan and what to do when the fire or carbon monoxide alarm goes off. Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services recommends getting together everyone in your household and making a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.