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2014-12-15 - Charlottetown Fire Department Stresses the Importance of Smoke Alarms

Day 11 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign

Smoke alarms can play a vital role in reducing fire deaths, injuries and property damage if properly installed and maintained. On a regular basis, the Charlottetown Fire Department stresses the message that smoke alarms save lives but even more so during the holiday season when there is often extra house guests, more cooking and baking, and additional fire hazards around people’s homes.

Here are some tips related to smoke alarms and fire safety:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement;
• When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside;
• Consider giving smoke alarms as gifts. They make great stocking stuffers and could help save a life;
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years;
• Consider using a combination of photoelectric smoke alarms and ionization smoke alarms. Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to smouldering fire, such as a cigarette, overheated wires or something hot like a space heater. Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires, such as a pan fire or smoke from cooking.
• Create an escape plan for your home and post it in a visible location with emergency phone numbers on it. Practice this plan with your household members and agree on a meeting place outside in case of fire;
• Test your smoke alarms every month;

These tips are part of the Charlottetown Fire Department’s 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign to raise awareness of important fire safety and fire prevention measures leading into the holiday season.

The 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign was inspired by a similar initiative in Ontario. It will include public service announcements for twelve business days that outline fire prevention and safety tips. The announcements will be sent to local media as well as shared through www.charlottetown.ca/news.php and on social media via www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown and, on Twitter, @ChtownPE or @ChtownFire.

The daily tips will be shared from December 1-5, December 8-12 and December 15 and 16.

For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetownfire.com


Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Friday, Jan 19, 2018
City Hall
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