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Fire Prevention Week 2018

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere

This year's theme looks at simple and helpful ways to prepare for home fires and reduce fire risks:

  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each home

During Fire Prevention Week, October 7 - 13, 2018, the Calgary Fire Department reminded all Calgarians that you can make a difference in your community and keep your loved ones safe.

Working smoke alarms

Having working smoke alarms saves lives – more than one-third of all fire fatalities are associated with having no smoke alarm.

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and in or near each sleeping area.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month using the test button. Replace batteries at least once a year, immediately if you hear a chirping sound.
  • 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.

Plan your escape

Plan two ways out! You can protect yourself and your family by planning – and rehearsing -- two ways out of your home in the event of an emergency.

  • Draw a map of your home using this template, and include all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year and teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

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.

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

Did you know?

  • House fires can double in size every 30 to 60 seconds.
  • The greatest cause of indoor fire in Calgary happens in the kitchen: an average of 1.2 cooking fires occur every day in our city (2016).
  • Smoke alarms can save you when you are sleeping: in 2016, an estimated one-third of all fires in Calgary happened between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • If you are escaping a fire, close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half in reported home fires. Smoke and toxic gases emitted from household contents on fire can make a person confused, disoriented or even unconscious after just a few short breaths.
  • How fast does fire move? Very fast. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely after a smoke alarm sounds.
  • Your smoke alarm has an expiry date. Learn how to check your smoke alarm’s expiry date and replace it every 10 years.
  • Calgary Fire responds to a wide variety of calls for help every day: fires, motor vehicle accidents, aquatic rescue, life-threatening medical incidents, hazardous materials and more. View the interactive map to find out what incidents are happening in your community, along with fire station locations and community information.

Thank you to our 2018 partners and sponsors:

  • Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner
  • Canada Safeway / Sobeys
  • Atco Gas