Campaign targets smoke alarms

Vernon Fire Rescue Services won’t rest until you install and test your smoke alarm

Vernon Fire Rescue Services won’t rest until you install and test your smoke alarm.

To get that message across, they are launching a public service campaign on major network television and radio here in Vernon with the help of sponsors Rotary Club of Vernon-Silver Star, Kiss-FM and Sun-FM.

Listen to 107.5 Kiss-FM and 105.7 Sun-FM this week (Sept. 24-28) to learn more about smoke alarms, and one lucky caller on each station will win a ride to school in a fire truck.

The TV campaign will run for one month.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Big Chief Mobile Home Park, Vernon and Okanagan Landing firefighters will donate their time to go door-to-door to encourage residents to test their smoke alarms and replace their batteries.

They will also replace old smoke alarms or install a new one if the resident doesn’t have one.

The smoke alarms were donated by Rotary Club of Vernon-Silver Star. All testing and installation will be done at no cost to homeowners.

“Almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in B.C. didn’t have a functioning smoke alarm,” said Vernon fire chief Keith Green.

“Children and the elderly face the highest risk of dying in a residential fire. We want to do our part to eliminate that risk.”

Working smoke alarms could reduce annual fire deaths in B.C. by as much as 32 per cent.

Research reveals a causal link between working smoke alarms and reduced fatalities from residential structure fires. Fire damage was reduced by 19 per cent when a working smoke alarm was present.

This campaign is part of the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. movement in 2012 to achieve the goal of a working smoke alarm in every home.