Prevention is the key, and Dryden firefighters are hoping residents are getting the message. The fire service will be checking for working smoke alarms.

Five years ago, the fire service found only 20 per cent of homes had working alarms. Between 1970 and 2005, the amount of time a family has to escape a fire in their home dropped from 17 minutes to just three. 

Home owners are supposed to have one on each floor. Carbon monoxide detectors are also the law.

For more information:

Dryden Fire Service - Smoke alarms

Carbon monoxide detectors - FAQ