Smoke alarms issued

Firefighters will donate their time at Vernon Mobile Home Park to encourage residents to test their smoke alarms

Vernon firefighters are going door to door to promote safety.

Firefighters will donate their time at Vernon Mobile Home Park to encourage residents to test their smoke alarms and replace their batteries Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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

The smoke alarms are donated by Silver Star Rotary Club, Okanagan Restoration and Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies Group.