Fire Prevention Week kicks off on October 9 with an important reminder to residents – "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years."
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme aims to educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. A recent survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA), revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for everyone because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
"Fire Prevention Week helps create awareness and remind the public about the simple things they can do to prevent fires in their homes," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Check that your smoke alarms are working and have one installed in every sleeping room and on every level of your house."
To help spread the word about smoke alarms and fire safety and prevention, the City of Charlottetown Fire Department, in partnership with Crossroads and North River fire departments, will host an open house on October 16 beginning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North River Fire Department. There will be children’s activities, as well as handouts with important fire prevention tips.
"The other opportunity that we have during Fire Prevention Week is to recognize and thank the people who sacrifice time with their own friends and families to protect others," said Councillor Jason Coady, Chair of the City’s Protective and Emergency Services Committee. "I hope that during Fire Prevention Week people not only check their smoke alarms, but also take the time to review emergency exit plans with their family."
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and the expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). The Charlottetown Fire Department also recommends that smoke alarms be tested monthly and that batteries should be replaced when you change the clocks or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
"Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly," said Chief Randy MacDonald of the Charlottetown Fire Department. "That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit."
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years", visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
For safety tips and other initiatives by the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit www.charlottetownfire.com
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