Safety Tip: Check Your Smoke Alarms

March 4, 2019

Okotoks Fire Services would like to remind you to check your smoke alarm and change the batteries when you change your clocks this weekend.  On Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 am, clocks are turned forward one hour for daylight savings.

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 10 cm from the wall; wall mounts should be 10-20 cm from the ceiling. Do not install near fans or draft areas (windows, vents.). Install Carbon Monoxide detectors in close proximity to sleeping areas in your home if you have installed any fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves.

Prepare and practice an escape plan! Crawl low under smoke. Plan where to meet outside. Once you’re out, Stay out!

Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm saves somebody’s life!

For more information visit the Okotoks Fire Services webpage and call the Okotoks Fire Department to book your free home safety inspection at 403-938-4066.