Public Service Announcement
Turn back your clocks and test your smoke alarms
As we prepare to turn our clocks back this weekend, Fire Rescue Services reminds citizens that this is also a great opportunity to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as practice your home fire escape plan.
“We recommend that all alarms be tested monthly and batteries replaced at least once a year. Alarms older than 10 years should be replaced completely,” advises Gary Mayorchak, fire marshal with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. “We also encourage citizens to consider adding interconnected smoke alarms. This way, if one smoke alarm goes off, they all do, helping to keep everyone in the home safe.”
A smoke alarm is the first line of defence when it comes to home fires. For this year’s Smoke Alarm Program, Fire Rescue Services will distribute information on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide safety to 600 homes in Alberta Avenue this weekend.
Officials use a variety of criteria to determine which houses qualify for the Smoke Alarm Program. A key factor is whether the house was built before 1974 and is located in a neighbourhood with a higher than average number of structure fires where working smoke alarms are not present.
November 1-7 also marks Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.