Fire Prevention Week

During Fire Prevention Week, residents are reminding of the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

In a fire, seconds count. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.

According research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don't respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.firepreventionweek.org External .

Portions of this page have been reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org External. ©2015 NFPA.

Fire Chief for a Day and School Visits

Members of Spruce Grove Fire Services will visit elementary schools in Spruce Grove and deliver activity books for children in kindergarten through grade three. Children completing the fire safety activities can enter contests to become Spruce Grove's "Fire Chief for a Day" or they could win a home computer system courtesy of ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric and his/her teacher will win a tablet computer. The Office of the Fire Commissioner will also present 5 province wide prizes of a tablet computer and his/her teacher will win a $250.00 gift certificate to the Education Station. Visit www.ofc.alberta.ca External for more information on this year's Fire Prevention Week.