Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Home fires kill eight Canadians a week. While these fires represent 40 percent of all types of fires, they are responsible for 73 percent of fire deaths. Most of these deaths could be prevented by taking a few precautions.

Every month

  • Test your alarm: Press the button on your smoke alarm and keep it pressed down. The alarm should sound.
  • If your alarm has no button, it is outdated and must be replaced.
  • Another way to test the alarm is by holding a freshly extinguished candle under it. The alarm should sound within 20 seconds.
  • Let air circulate to get rid of the smoke and allow the alarm to turn off.

Twice a year

  • Change the batteries in all smoke alarms twice a year (for example, when you change your clocks in the fall and spring).

Every two years

  • Take the cover off and clean it with a damp cloth.
  • Carefully vacuum the inside of the alarm.
  • Put the cover back and make sure the alarm is working.

Every 10 years

  • Replace your smoke alarm. Some models last as little as 5 years.

If you can’t reach your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector or have any questions about them give the fire department a call at (604) 947-9324.