Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Recognized annually every October, Fire Prevention Week will be held across the country from Sunday, October 5 to Saturday October 11, 2014. This year’s campaign, Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Test Yours Every Month, stresses the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home.

Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake you. A fire produces poisonous gases and smoke which can numb the senses and put you into a deeper sleep. Serving as your nose when you're asleep, working smoke alarms can mean the difference between the life and death of loved ones in the event of a house fire.

According to the latest research by the National Fire Protection Association, 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.

The Victoria Fire Department offers a free smoke alarm to residents who need one to ensure every home has a working smoke alarm. If you reside in a City of Victoria single family home, duplex or townhouse and require a new smoke alarm, you may be eligible to receive one free of charge. You can arrange for a free smoke alarm home safety inspection visit by a Fire Prevention Officer, who will determine the best locations for a smoke alarm, install new alarms, or test existing ones. Learn more.

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 annually
  • Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years

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

Learn more about the Victoria Fire Department.