2015’s Fire Prevention Week takes place October 4 – 10, 2015 and the theme this year is “Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP. Have working smoke alarms outside each sleeping area.” These alarming statistics were compiled by the Office of the Fire Commissioner of British Columbia between 2009 – 2014.
In British Columbia:
- Dead batteries were found in smoke alarms in 302 residential fires resulting in 39 injuries and 7 fatalities
- Power had not been connected or smoke alarms were found disabled/off in 230 residential fires resulting in 32 injuries and 7 fatalities
- Smoke alarms were found to be ineffective due to their unsuitable location in 582 fires resulting in 15 injuries and 1 fatality
- Regrettably, no smoke alarms were installed in 1966 residential fires resulting in 113 injuries and 20 fatalities.
Don’t be a statistic – Make certain your home has a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside each sleeping area. Better still, install a smoke alarm inside each bedroom.