Vernon firefighter Matt Olson tests a fire alarm as Capt. Colin Clarke records the results as they launch their smoke alarm program in Big Chief Mobile Home Park Saturday.

Vernon firefighter Matt Olson tests a fire alarm as Capt. Colin Clarke records the results as they launch their smoke alarm program in Big Chief Mobile Home Park Saturday.

Fire safety goes door-to-door

Vernon Fire Department wants to ensure every residence has a smoke detector

A dead battery or faulty alarm can make the difference between life and death and nobody knows that better than a firefighter.

The Vernon Fire Department is on a mission to ensure every house has a working smoke detector.

With 140 homes checked off their list since launching the community smoke alarm program Sept. 29, the task might seem daunting but Vernon firefighters are up for the challenge.

“We hope to reach the people that don’t think or know about their smoke alarms. That is our goal,” said Vernon fire chief Keith Green.

The firefighters are going door to door checking smoke detectors and replacing batteries or the detector itself if it isn’t working.

The program is sponsored by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. and was launched by the Nelson Fire Department after they had a rash of fires in their community.

First on their list are homes that are more susceptible to a serious fire, such as manufactured homes, because of the materials they are made of and many of them only have one way out, and seniors residences.

Silver Star Rotary has donated $500 for 60 new detectors and batteries as well as sending out volunteers to help with the door-to-door campaign.