Fire Prevention Week

fire prevention week

Fire Prevention Week
Oct. 9 – 15

Join us for a pancake breakfast with the Peace River and County of Northern Lights Fire Department in support of fire prevention week. It takes place Saturday October 15, from 9AM to 2PM at the Peace River Fire Hall downtown. There’s lot more happening that day too including fire trucks and equipment displays, fire extinguisher demonstrations, interactive hazard house and a appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog.

fire prevention week
In Photo:
Back row Left to Right:
Interim Fire Chief Tim Harris, Firefighter Kevin Hansen, Lieutenant Patrick Connellan, Captain Mike Kinshella, Firefighter Dillon Jackson, Captain Robin Differenz, Probationary Firefighter Justin Hicks, Probationary Firefighter Mitchell Walker-Morgan, Firefighter Bryn Keddie, Firefighter Philip Rough, Firefighter Graham Smyth, Probationary Firefighter James Reynolds, Firefighter Sabbir Zahed.
Front row Left to Right:
Probationary Firefighter Lara Agapow, Firefighter Cheryl Rogers, Firefighter Rolland Jean, Probationary Firefighter Justin Dollard, Firefighter Jesse Kasouf, Firefighter Drew Keddie, Firefighter Travis Mitten, Probationary Firefighter Ben Hunt, Junior Firefighter Rhianna Differenz, Probationary Firefighter Jennifer Nelson, Probationary Firefighter Tristan Vander Klok.
Missing from Photo:
Captain Mike Frayne, Captain Kendal Russell, Lieutenant James Martin, Lieutenant John Hayes, Lieutenant Martin Cooper, Senior Firefighter Brayden de Boon, Firefighters; Ansar Abdul, Sam Baker, John Branderhorst, Ryan Costello, Dane Cruickshank, Nat Donoghue, Fred Gindl, Adam Harvey, Leopold Higgins, Mark Ilyin, Nolan Keddie, Danyel King, Jonah Kurylowich, Cory Lamorie, Jordan Lenz, Angela Makrakos, Steven Rotenburger, Trevor Routledge, Michael Russell, Dale Shewchuk, Richard Spenrath, Probationary Firefighters; Matt Bolduc, Walter Junikiewicz, Nathan Sasseville, Richard Vander Klok, Junior Firefighter Riley Watchorn

When was the last time you replaced your fire alarm?

The Peace River and County of Northern Lights Fire Departments urge all Peace Region residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.

 “Time and again, I’ve seen in the news the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” says Tim Harris, Interim Fire Chief of the Peace River Fire Department. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Peace Region residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for the Peace River and County of Northern Lights Fire Departments, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code®, requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.