Working smoke alarms save lives

Smoke AlarmWith Fire Prevention Week taking place October 5 to 11, Sun Peaks Fire Rescue personnel are reminding local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home.

According to the latest research from the National Fire Protections Association, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Sun Peaks Fire Rescue captain, Colin Cannon, said a working smoke alarm could mean the difference between life and death.

“In a fire, seconds count,” Cannon said. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

Cannon offered the following tips to make sure your home is safe.

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries yearly.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understand what to do when they hear it.

Sun Peaks Fire Rescue can visit your home and check on the condition of your smoke alarms. To organize a visit phone 250-578-8985.

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