Saanich marks Fire Prevention Week

Fire department reminding residents location matters in order for smoke alarms to be effective

Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents that location matters when it comes to smoke alarm effectiveness.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4 to 10 and this year the National Fire Protection Association campaign’s main focus is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Saanich Fire Chief Michael Burgess. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.”

The key places to install “working” smoke alarms are in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Research by the NFPA suggests smoke alarms reduce fire deaths by half, while stressing the importance of ensuring the fire alarms are working.

Data shows three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or instances where the smoke alarm was non-functioning.

Saanich Fire has issued an additional list of suggestions to greatly reduce the threat of fire in the home: Test alarms ever month by pushing the test button; replace smoke alarms at 10 years of age or immediately if they don’t respond properly; make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do when they hear it; if the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside; and lastly, report a fire to the fire department from outside the home.

On Saturday, Saanich Fire Department members will attend the Home Depot Fire Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3986 Shelbourne St.).

Saanich Fire Department members are available at any time to assist residents who may have difficulty checking, installing or maintaining their smoke alarm.

On Sunday, Saanich Fire officers will be at Tillicum shopping mall for a Fire Prevention Week kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit saanich.ca/services/safety/Smoke_alarms.html or firepreventionweek.org.

 

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Comic Con announce winning artist in $500 ViGuy competition

Van Isle Comic Con announce judges’ award winner, People’s Choice voting now open

Sooke woman is ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at Thetis Lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Victorian makes gridlock fun with traffic bingo

How far into your drive before you yell BINGO?

Throwback Thursday: Shamrocks revisit the 1950s with new uniforms

Victoria team introduces its new white jersey for the 2019 70th anniversary season

Commuter Challenge proves biking to work was the faster option on Wednesday

Greater Victoria teams raced from across the region to a downtown finish line

VIDEO: Journey of SD62 Aboriginal graduates recognized at ceremony

‘Enriching and empowering’ ceremony encourages students to hold onto their identities

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Building a close-knit community in Sooke

Knit 2 Purl Together a community event

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Most Read