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"Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" is the them for Fire Prevention Week, October 9 - 15, 2016

NFPA has officially announced “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, 2016. The focus on smoke alarm replacement comes as the result of a recent survey conducted by NFPA, which showed that many people don't know how old their smoke alarms are or how often they need to be replaced.

In 1922, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate The Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 10,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2000 acres.

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Kids! Click here to join Sparky the Fire Dog, and learn all about smoke alarms and why it is so important to have them in your home.

Educators! Check out NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Campaign site.

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Some  smoke alarm tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.
  • When a smoke alarms sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. To determine the age of your smoke alarm, look at the back where you will find the date of manufacture. Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture.
  • Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.

Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home.

  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quick to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

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To order your Fire Prevention Week Children's Program materials click here:

For more information on the Children's Program or for more Fire Prevention Week ideas of resources contact Kathy Danino, Fire & Life Safety Educator, Office of the Fire Commissioner at 1-888-253-1488 or email Leanne.Erlendson@gov.mb.ca

Please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website for full details of this years Fire Prevention Week theme.

NFPA offers the public a wide range of free home fire safety information on the official Fire Prevention Week web site.

Also visit Fire Prevention Canada website at www.fiprecan.ca for more information and tools to plan your activities.

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