“Regularly changing smoke alarm batteries is quite possibly the easiest, most affordable way to save lives,” says Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty.
Chief Doherty is issuing an urgent reminder about the importance of having working smoke alarms in all Campbell River homes.
“The unfortunate reality is that fire kills approximately eight Canadians every week. Nearly three-quarters of those deaths are in residential fires, and most are completely avoidable,” Doherty says.
“Working smoke alarms greatly increase the chances of surviving a house fire.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire research has demonstrated that with today’s modern furnishings, fires spread much more rapidly than in the past when more natural materials were used. Having a sufficient number of properly located, working smoke alarms in accordance to the British Columbia Building Code will give you the most time to escape a fire. Read more...