Hear the beep where you sleep

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

The sound of a smoke alarm can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death in a fire. Un­for­tu­nately, many Al­berta homes are miss­ing this life­sav­ing tool.

“We know from the re­search that work­ing smoke alarms cut the chances of dy­ing in a fire nearly in half,” says Act­ing Fire Com­mis­sioner Spence Sam­ple. “But they must be in­stalled and work­ing prop­erly to do so.”

Data from Al­berta’s Of­fice of the Fire Com­mis­sioner shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren’t work­ing or main­tained prop­erly, usu­ally be­cause of miss­ing, dis­con­nected or dead bat­ter­ies.

“Our new build­ing codes have taken into ac­count the im­por­tance of where the smoke alarms are placed,” notes Sam­ple. “Start­ing last year, all new homes built in Al­berta re­quire a smoke alarm in­side each bed­room, along with one in the hall­way or area be­tween the room and the rest of that storey of the home.”

Many homes in Al­berta may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not work­ing. “Work­ing” means that the smoke alarm will beep when smoke is present or when the test but­ton is pressed. It means that the smoke alarm has a power source (bat­tery or house­hold elec­tric cir­cuit), its open­ings to let smoke in are not plugged by dust, cob-webs or paint, and that the elec­tronic com­po­nents are able to sense smoke and sound the alarm. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be re­placed.

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