As we get set to turn our clocks back this weekend, the City of Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services encourages residents to also check their smoke detectors. The expiry date should be reviewed annually and putting in fresh batteries is an important step to ensure smoke detectors are working properly. If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it will need to be replaced.
Having a working smoke alarm is the best way to protect your family in the case of a fire. In Lethbridge, smoke and fire has caused approximately 1 million dollars in damage so far this year. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt in these fires and this can be attributed to smoke alarms warning people to leave their homes.
With the extra hour gained this weekend, spend a few minutes to make sure everyone in your home recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what to do in case of a fire.
For more information on smoke alarms visit https://canadasafetycouncil.org/home-safety/smoke-alarms-save-lives
Media contact (available Thursday only):
Fire Prevention Officer