Fire Prevention Week - Don't Wait Check the Date is October 9 - 15

Recognized annually every October, Fire Prevention Week will be held across the country from Sunday, October 9 to Saturday, October 15, 2016. This year’s campaign, Don’t Wait Check the Date, emphasizes the importance of replacing home smoke alarms every 10 years.

Home smoke alarms don’t last forever. A recent survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. Almost three of every five reported home fire deaths between 2007 and 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Working smoke alarms give you and your family time to get out. Important safety tips to remember are:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly. Replace the batteries every six months.
  • Replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years is recommended.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Victoria Fire Department attends City of Victoria elementary schools to participate in fire drills and promote fire prevention and protection in the home.

Free Home Smoke Alarms

Victoria residents who reside in a single family home, duplex or townhouse and require a new smoke alarm, may be eligible to receive one free of charge. Learn more.