Check your smoke alarms! It’s Fire Prevention Week

Smoke alarmDid you know smoke alarms have an expiration date?

Manufacturers put the date of manufacture on all smoke alarms, and studies have shown that reliability of alarms drops after 10 years. For Fire Prevention Week this year, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES), along with fire departments across North America, is saying: “Don’t Wait, Check the Date.” Smoke alarms need to be replaced after ten years.

This is the third year in a row that the message for Fire Prevention Week has focused on smoke alarms. The National Fire Protection Association’s survey data shows that people still have many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a house fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

“Smoke alarms go through millions of monitoring cycles over their lifespan,” advised Fire Chief Michael Clark. “They don’t last forever, and it’s only working smoke alarms that save lives. “

BFES personnel will be joining Fire Prevention Week partners, including Domino’s and Home Depot, to deliver these important safety messages to Brampton residents.

The Domino’s pizza night is a highlight of the week, where a Brampton fire truck could specially deliver your Domino’s pizza order to your home. This year’s will take place on Thursday, October 6.

Throughout the week there will be information booths and fire equipment displays set up at Shoppers World, Canadian Tire, Lowes, and Rona. There will also be a booth in downtown Brampton at Garden Square during the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 8.

“We’re pleased we can partner with such a supportive business community to continue to get the message out about the importance of working smoke alarms,” said Regional Councillor and Vice-Chair, Fire Services, Michael Palleschi. “All the Fire Prevention Week activities are an important step in educating our residents – so if you see a fire truck out around the city, be sure to stop by and get informed.”

On Thursday, October 6, City Hall will be hosting a special flag-raising ceremony for Fire Prevention Week. The Brampton Fire Honour Guard, Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Councillors, Sparky the Fire Dog, and a children’s choral group will be present to make the official Fire Prevention Week in Brampton announcement.

For Brampton residents, it is important to know that every home in Ontario must have:
• A working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
• A working carbon monoxide alarm outside each sleeping area of the home, if your home has a fuel burning appliance (furnace, gas dryer, gas water heaters), a fireplace or an attached garage.

Additionally, BFES is recommending a working smoke alarm in each bedroom of the home. If alarms are not directly wired into a home’s electrical system, BFES recommends powering them with 10-year lithium batteries. – CINEWS

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