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Smoke Detector Maintenance

The best thing you can do is ensure you have adequate smoke detectors, and that they are maintained.

Most fire injuries and fatalities in Canada occur in residential homes (single family and multi-family), and most happen where there are no working smoke detectors. It is the law in Alberta to have a working smoke alarm in your home.

For more information or help contact us at 403-886-4553. In the last few years we have helped many residents in Penhold install or replace their smoke alarms at no cost.

• Make sure you have one detector on each floor, and ideally one in each bedroom.

• Test each detector once a month. Push the test button to verify the power source and the alarm's ability to sound. Then test its ability to detect smoke by blowing out a candle, burning incense, or using smoke in a can.

• Clean each detector every six months. To clean a smoke detector, simply pop open the cover and vacuum the insides. The detector may go off during this time.

• Replace the battery at least once a year, but every 6 months is best. If you do it when the time changes it is easy to remember.

• If you can, hard wire them into the home electricity supply, with a back-up battery.

Refer to your owners manual for other suggestions. These steps are suggested as a minimum. Some people test them weekly or when they return from a trip. They can easily be maintained and may make all the difference for you and your family.

Emergency Fire Plan

Make sure you have outlined to everyone in the household what the emergency plan is. Discuss it, and practice it. Since 2009 we have talked to every school aged child in Penhold about fire safety and escape plans. If you would like more information contact us at 403-886-4553.

• Draw a floor plan of your house.

• Mark two ways out of each room.

• Establish a meeting place outside the house.

• Be sure each family member has the plan and knows the escape route.

• Post your fire escape plan on the fridge or family bulletin board.

• Hold a fire drill for your family once or twice a year. Vary the drills, to practice escaping from different fire sources.

The Canada Safety Council has more information about home safety planning

Fire Extinguishers

Remember: Extinguishers should only be used by adults; for all adults, babysitters and children the priority is to get out of the house safely. Before using an extinguisher know how it operates, make sure you have an escape path, and have already called 911.

• Ensure each extinguisher is inspected monthly and serviced yearly.
• Have an extinguisher in the kitchen, and on each floor.
• The best all around household extinguisher works on class ABC fires.

More information about fire extinguishers.

The best protection from fire and smoke is prevention. Keep your family safe through preparation and good planning, and make our job that much easier.

• The NFPA website is loaded with learning resources for fire prevention, from home escape planning to resources for children.

• The Canada Safety Council has a myriad of resources about fire prevention, and many other safety issues such as traffic safety and children

Fire Pits

Fire Pit (Acceptable) means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:

• A minimum of 3 meters (10 feet) clearance, measured from the nearest fire pit edge to the nearest edge of building, property line, or other combustible material;

• The fire chamber area shall not exceed 0.5m (17.7 cubic feet);

• Equipped with a mesh screen with openings no larger than 6mm (1/4 inch);

• Enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete, blocks, heavy gauge metal (minimum 18 gauge thickness), or other non-combustible materials; and

• Not located over any underground utilities or under any above ground wires.