Alarm checks key to fire safety

Fire Prevention Week runs between today and Saturday

Fire Prevention Week runs between today and Saturday, and the Vernon Fire Department is urging everyone to test their smoke alarms monthly.

If you’re like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of Canadian households that they’re often taken for granted, and aren’t tested and maintained as they should.

“However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire,” said Keith Green, Vernon fire chief.

“According to the non-profit National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012; many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection.”

Green says he’s seen the devastating effect of fire first hand – burn injuries and the loss of homes and possessions.

“What’s even worse is witnessing a family’s anguish after a loved one has been killed in a fire. It’s heartbreaking,” he said.

“My sincere hope is all Vernon residents will make sure there are working smoke alarms installed throughout their homes. These simple steps can help make a life-saving difference, and prevent the potentially life-threatening impact of fire.”

Vernon firefighers are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza to deliver door-to-door fire safety awareness as part of Fire Prevention Week.

On Monday and Wednesday, some Vernon residents ordering from Domino’s Pizza may also receive a visit by a firefighter who will check household smoke alarms to ensure they are in good working condition.

Homes with working alarms will receive a coupon from Domino’s for a free pizza, while new smoke alarms and fresh batteries will be provided to residents whose alarms are not functional.