Time to check your smoke alarms

 | May 14, 2013

It’s that time of year again — time to check that your smoke alarms are in working order and change the batteries. Captain Colin Cannon of Sun Peaks Fire Rescue said smoke alarm maintenance should include changing batteries and cleaning your smoke alarm.

“The general rule is that you make sure your smoke alarm doesn’t have dust or spiders,” Cannon explained.

While Cannon said that the usual lifespan of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the time it’s installed, it should be tested regularly. From 2006 to 2011, in 11,000 residential fires in B.C., nearly 70 per cent of homes had no smoke alarm or the smoke alarm wasn’t working, according to data from Office of the Fire Commissioner.

“A smoke alarm is a very inexpensive way of saving your life,” Cannon said.

“Another thing is the doors in your house will contain any fire for long time . . . it’s better to sleep with your (bedroom) door closed.”