It is time to spring forward again. City of Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to take important safety measures to protect your household. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and test them to ensure they are working properly. With so many people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that your house has functional smoke alarms and CO detectors installed.
Cooking fires are very common. Lethbridge firefighters responded to over 500 cooking/smoke detector calls in 2020. People walk away from the kitchen and get distracted, resulting in a fire. Having a functional smoke detector with fresh batteries is critical in alerting people about a cooking fire.
The fire department also responds to calls about carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that can be poisonous and even cause death, earning it the nickname "the silent killer." Heating and cooking equipment that burns fuel, like furnaces and stoves, are common sources of carbon monoxide. CO detectors are the best way to protect you and your family. CO detectors should be installed in several locations so that they can be heard throughout the house. City of Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to consider installing them outside of each sleeping area with at least one detector on each level of the house.
The time change is always a good reminder to test that your smoke and CO detectors are in working order and that they have not passed their expiration dates. These detectors should be replaced at least every ten years. Remember to test your alarms monthly and ensure that everyone in the house knows what they sound like and what to do when one goes off.
For more information contact:
Fire Prevention Officer