Home Fire Safety
REPLACE SMOKE ALARMS EVERY 10 YEARS!
Do you know how old your smoke alarms are? Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, 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).
Smoke alarms should also be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling they're running low.
Keep your Family Safe with a Working Smoke Alarm in Every Bedroom
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
What to do: Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
It's important that everyone in your home knows some simple fire prevention strategies that can keep your family safe throughout the year.
- Keep an eye on the oven and the stove. When you're cooking, never leave the kitchen and pay attention to what you have in the oven or on the stove.
- When there's no air, there's no flame. Keep an oven mitt and lid close to the stove. Should a small pan fire occur, use the oven mitt to grab the lid to slide over the pan - smothering the flame. Once the lid is in place, turn the stove element to the off position. If a fire occurs in the oven, leave the door closed and shut off the element.
- When dealing with a small pan fire:
- Never move a burning pan. You risk the chance of your clothing catching on fire.
- Never place a burning pan in the sink filled with water. When in contact with some burning products, such as cooking oil, water can increase the size of the flames and possibly spread the fire.
- Keep dish towels or cloths away from any elements and never use them as splatter protectors on the stove.
- Important life-saving tip: if your clothes catch fire, drop to the floor and roll.
- Make sure all family members know how to get out of your house safely in the case of a fire. Plan your fire escape routes.
- Check smoke detectors once a month, and change your batteries twice a year. Change your batteries during the time change in spring and fall to help you remember.
- If you use a space heater, keep it at least one metre away from anything that may burn.
- If you smoke, do not smoke in bed.
- Keep matches and lighters away from where kids will find them.
- Don’t overload extension cords.
- Be careful cooking. Move combustible materials away from your stove. Make sure the handles of pots are turned inward and don’t hang over the side of the stove where they can be grabbed or knocked. If a grease fire starts, never walk with a burning pan. Instead, cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
- Extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Keep lit candles away from items that can catch fire such as toys, clothing, books, curtains, Christmas trees and paper decorations.
- Don't place lit candles near windows, where blinds or curtains may close or blow over them. Don't use candles in high traffic areas where children or pets could knock them over.
- It's important to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. However, carbon monoxide detectors do not replace the need for prevention through yearly maintenance and inspection of heating systems and appliances.
- At Christmas time, if using a live tree, check for freshness by pulling on the needles. If they are brown or come off easily, the tree is probably dry and can be a fire hazard.
- During the holidays, always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
To learn more, visit the following links, all of which provide you with valuable information and helpful tips on keeping your family safe.
Fire Prevention Week Quiz
The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years." Learn all about smoke alarm safety with this quiz. Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association
Three-minute Drill Campaign
This site provides you and your family real-life strategies that you can easily incorporate to increase feelings of safety in your home.
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Visit this site for educational resources for children, safety tips and a helpful online kit.
For more information, please contact:
Fire Station No. 3
100 Giroux Road
St. Albert, AB
Last edited: October 17, 2016