Calgary Fire Department Completes Successful Smoke Alarm Blitz
October 10, 2012 08:57 PM Category: Fire
Tonight, as part of National Fire Prevention Week, the Calgary Fire Department undertook a door-to-door smoke alarm blitz in Greenwood Village.
More than 50 fire personnel and community partners from ATCO Gas, Canada Safeway and Intact Insurance teamed up to offer residents the opportunity to have their smoke alarms checked and to learn more about fire prevention.
In the span of two hours the Calgary Fire Department and its partners visited more than 80 homes and installed over 40 smoke alarms and more than 30 carbon monoxide detectors in addition to checking existing alarms and supplying replacement batteries when necessary. This impressive feat is continued throughout the year by fire crews through the Home Safety Program.
In addition to checking smoke alarms, crews were also encouraging residents to have two ways out of their homes and imparting the importance of practicing escape routes with all members of the family.
In 2011, the Calgary Fire Department responded to more than 1,800 fire incidents, of which 45 percent occurred in residential properties. Smoke alarms provide the best early warning system in the event of a fire. The Calgary Fire Department reminds all Calgarians about the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every level of your home. Quick discovery of fire not only reduces damage due to a growing blaze but reduces injuries and fatalities.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, and fire station open houses scheduled for this Saturday, visit Calgary.ca.
Onward/Working to reduce the risk of injury, the Calgary Fire Department is committed to delivering prevention-based outreach to Calgarians and encouraging citizen responsibility and safe practices. /2020 Sustainability Direction: By 2020, The City of Calgary’s recordable injury rate is best in class for Canadian Municipalities.
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