Do you know how often to check your smoke alarm? Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) wants you to know! This week, October 9-15 is the 20th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week in Canada.
This year’s theme is ‘Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.’ This is the third and final year of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
“It’s important to check smoke detectors before it’s too late,” said Chestermere Fire Services Captain Brent Paquette. “Checking them every month is good practice, as the battery may need to be replaced.”
Smoke alarms save lives. According to the NFPA, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.
Wondering how to check the smoke alarm? The alarm’s age can be determined by looking on the back or side of the smoke alarm for the manufacture date. Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from that date, not the date of purchase or installation.
Throughout all of October, CFS also encourages Chestermere youth to be educated in fire safety and become an Honourary Jr.Firefighter. This new fun program engages youth and their parents in fire prevention education. A colouring page and fire escape plan can be downloaded from the City of Chestermere’s website. Once your child has completed the materials, bring them into the Fire Hall and present them to a firefighter on shift. Their colouring page will go up on the wall in the Fire Hall, and your child will be presented with a Jr.Firefighter certificate, signed by Mayor Matthews and the Fire Chief!
“Becoming an Honourary Jr.Firefighter will allow children and their parents to talk about the important issue of fire safety in a fun and positive way,” said Paquette. “Be sure to have children check around the whole house when making the home fire escape plan.”
For more facts, and to see what the Chestermere Firefighters have to say about fire safety, visit the City of Chestermere’s Facebook page during Fire Prevention Week October 9 - 15 www.chestermere.ca/facebook. To become a Honourary Jr.Firefighter visit www.chestermere.ca/fireprevention.
If you have any questions about your smoke alarm, its location or wiring, Chestermere Fire Services will speak with you or do a home visit. Contact them at (403) 272-9878 for more information.