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Don't Wait - Check the Date During Fire Prevention Week

Did you know your smoke alarm has an expiry date? Most people don’t. Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years to make sure it stays in proper working condition. Learn how to check your smoke alarm’s expiry date.

Want to win a visit from your local fire crew? Check the date on your alarm and post a selife to our facebook event and you will be entered into a draw to win a visit from Calgary Fire. Contest rules.

Is your home a 10?

If your home is in one of these areas then your smoke alarms could have been made 10 or more years ago. Don’t Wait – Check the Date to make sure your home’s smoke alarms are not expired. Learn how here.

Map of neighbourhoods that are 10 years old
  • Altadore
  • Aspen Woods
  • Auburn Bay
  • Bridlewood
  • Chaparral
  • Copperfield
  • Cougar Ridge
  • Coventry Hills
  • Cranston
  • Crestmont
  • Discovery Ridge
  • Evanston
  • Evergreen
  • Garrison Green
  • Hamptons
  • Killarney/Glengarry
  • Kincora
  • Mahogany
  • Martindale
  • Mckenzie Towne
  • New Brighton
  • Panorama Hills
  • Parkdale
  • Richmond
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Royal Oak
  • Saddle Ridge
  • Sage Hill
  • Sherwood
  • Silverado
  • Skyview Ranch
  • Springbank Hill
  • Taradale
  • Tuscany
  • Valley Ridge
  • Walden
  • West Hillhurst

How to tell if your smoke alarm is expired

Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. To find out how old your smoke alarm is follow these steps.

Smoke Alarm Date Illustration
  1. Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.
  2. Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture.
  3. If it was made less than 10 years ago, put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall.
  4. If it was made 10 or more years ago or you cannot find the manufacture date, replace the alarm with a new one.

Having trouble finding the date? Sparky can teach you how if you watch this video.


Fire prevention week is an opportunity to talk about fire safety and what you can do to make sure you, your family, and home are fire safe. This year’s events take place October 9-15 and the theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years. Calgary Fire Department is kicking off early with Open Houses starting October 8.

Open Houses

Saturday, October 8, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tours, treats and tons of information about how to keep your family and home safe from fire.

There are four locations to choose from:

  • Symons Valley Fire Station 40, 12920 Symons Valley Road NW
  • Saddleridge Fire Station 32, 800 Saddletown Circle NE
  • SignalHill Fire Station 33, 800 69 St. SW
  • McKenzie Town Fire Station 30, 6 McKenzie Towne Gate SE

Smoke Alarm Blitz

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Community - Monterey Park

We will be going door to door to homes in the community of Monterey Park to check smoke alarms and CO detectors.

Thank you to our 2016 partners and sponsors:
Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner
Canada Safeway/Sobeys

Smoke Alarm Selfie Contest Rules

Take a selfie of you checking the date on your smoke alarm and you will be entered to win a visit from your local fire crew. To enter post your selfie on the facebook event named: But first, let me take a smoke alarm selfie.

Winner must be a resident/or reside within the Calgary city limits.

Employees of The City of Calgary and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the contest or win any prize.

To enter the contest and be eligible to win a prize, entrants must be a legal resident of Canada and not a resident of Quebec.

All entrants must be thirteen (13) years of age or older. Entrants who are under the age of eighteen (18) at the date of entry are eligible to enter the contest and win the prize, provided that the parent or legal guardian of the entrant accepts any such prize and the terms and conditions hereof for and on behalf of such entrant.

The contest runs from September 26 - October 16, 2016 only.

One entry per entrant per day will be accepted.

Winner will be announced on this event on Friday, October 17, 2016

No eligible entrant may win more than one (1) prize.

The chance of winning the prize depends on the total number of eligible entries received on the date on which the contest closes.

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

Specific CFD merchandise will be chosen to best match the requirements of the winners.

Entrants and prize winners automatically accept these contest rules and release The City of Calgary from any liability with respect to his/her participation in this contest and receipt and use of the prize. The City reserves the right to disqualify an entrant or prize winner in the event the entrant fails or refuses to comply with these contest rules.

All entries become the property of The City of Calgary who assume no responsibility for technical, network, online, electronic or computer failures of any kind; misdirected, stolen, incomplete, garbled or delayed internet/email computer transmissions; or traffic congestion. Entries may be used in upcoming city campaigns or videos.