First Alert of­fers tips to stay safe dur­ing Fire Preven­tion Week

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CALGARYSUN

Oc­to­ber 7 to 13 is Fire Preven­tion Week across Canada and a new sur­vey from First Alert has found many Cana­dian house­holds are un­der­pro­tected when it comes to fire and car­bon monox­ide (CO) dan­gers.

High­lights from the sur­vey:

n More than 35 per­cent of homes do not have a CO de­tec­tor in­stalled.

n Sixty-seven per­cent of re­spon­dents re­ported that they do not re­place their alarm bat­ter­ies ev­ery six months.

n Just 56 per­cent of Cana­di­ans have a fire es­cape plan, and among those who do, only one in five said they prac­tice it at least twice a year.

First Alert of­fers th­ese tips to make sure your home and fam­ily are safe:

n The Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion guide­lines rec­om­mend in­stalling at least one CO alarm on each level, in­clud­ing the base­ment, and one in or near ev­ery bed­room. For smoke alarms, homes should have one in­stalled on ev­ery level of the home and in­side each bed­room.

n Test alarms monthly to en­sure they are in proper work­ing con­di­tion and re­place bat­ter­ies ev­ery six months. If you have a 10-year bat­tery alarm, such as the First Alert 10-year Car­bon Monox­ide and Smoke Alarm, you don’t need to worry about bat­tery re­place­ment for the life of the alarm — but you still need to test the unit each month.

n Alarms don’t last for­ever and it is nec­es­sary to re­place smoke alarms ev­ery 10 years and CO alarms ev­ery five to seven years (un­less equipped with a 10-year bat­tery). If you can’t re­mem­ber or don’t know how old the alarm is, it is best to re­place the unit.

n Make a fire es­cape plan that des­ig­nates two ways out of each room, in­clud­ing win­dows and doors, and prac­tice it at least twice a year with your en­tire fam­ily.

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