Firefighters tes smoke detectors

Vernon and Okanagan Landing firefighters will go door-to-door in the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park

Firefighters are hitting  the street to promote safety.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Vernon and Okanagan Landing firefighters will donate their time and go door-to-door in the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park to encourage residents to test their smoke alarms and replace their batteries.

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

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

Firefighters will also replace old smoke alarms or install a new one if the resident doesn’t have one. The smoke alarms are donated by the Vernon Rotary Club and Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group.

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

Research links working smoke alarms and reduced fatalities in structure fires.

“Fire damage was reduced by 19 per cent when a working smoke alarm was present,” said Green.