City Smoke Alarm Giveaway Targets Seniors and Those with Disabilities

June 3, 2013

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR-2013-11
June 3, 2013
For more information, call Assistant Fire Chief Brad Perrie
bperrie@pittmeadows.bc.ca or 604-465-9481
www.pittmeadows.bc.ca
www.pittmeadowsfire.com

CITY SMOKE ALARM GIVEAWAYS TARGETS SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Pitt Meadows, BC – Seniors and people with disabilities in Pitt Meadows can now request either a new, high-quality, dual sensor smoke alarm, if not already installed in the home, or assistance in testing an existing smoke alarm to ensure it is functioning correctly.

The smoke alarm giveaway and testing program, coordinated by Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services, is part of a province-wide campaign led by the Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C. to ensure every home in the province has a working smoke alarm.

“The research is clear that working smoke alarms save lives and that seniors are among the most at risk of dying in a fire,” FCABC President Len Garis said. “We need to keep raising awareness that smoke alarms don't last forever – they need to be maintained regularly and replaced every 10 years.”

Research shows that smoke alarms were not functioning in almost 70 percent of the residential fires in B.C. from 2006 to 2011. It also indicates that the elderly, First Nations and other vulnerable populations face the highest risk of dying in a residential fire. One study predicted that working smoke alarms could reduce fire deaths in B.C. by as much as 32 percent. At least one smoke alarm is recommended on every level of a home.

Pitt Meadows joins more than 55 B.C. communities to receive free Kidde smoke alarms through the provincial campaign which kicked off in March 2012. The campaign, spearheaded by the FCABC and supported by the provincial government, has received 11,500 donated Kidde smoke alarms to date. Recently, the Super Save Group bolstered the campaign with the donation of another 4,000 Kidde alarms.

“Our fire department puts a great deal of importance on education and prevention. In the end that is going to be the most effective way of saving lives,” said Pitt Meadows Assistant Fire Chief Brad Perrie

Pitt Meadows residents who qualify for the program can fill out the smoke alarm inspection request form at http://www.pittmeadowsfire.com/news or call the Fire Hall at 604-465-2401 for further information or to request assistance testing an existing alarm.

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