FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, OCTOBER 3-9, 2021
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children.
Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk of fires, making it essential for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week FPW) to ensure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.
What is your alarm telling you? Open the tip sheet here. (PDF)
Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds keeps you and your family safe. You must take action when an alarm makes noises – a beeping or a chirping sound.
Frequently Asked Questions about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
What’s the difference between smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Why do I need both?
- Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger.
- In the event of a fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement).
- Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.
- Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you.
- Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time.
- CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.
How do I know which smoke and CO alarm to choose for my home?
- Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.
- Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the ten years, either will provide protection.
- CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory.
- For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home.
- These can be installed by a qualified electrician so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.