Smoke Alarm Installation Program - The Office of the Fire Commissioner is developing a “planning and installation kit” for fire departments. It will be available for June 2015. The kit will contain all the components required to implement a successful installation program.
A smoke alarm installation program implemented throughout Manitoba can make a difference by reducing injuries and/or deaths in a fire. Smoke alarms are the life-saving success story of the past 30 years. According to NFPA statistics, each year, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, Red River Mutual, Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund and the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering to implement a province-wide smoke alarm installation program. The program will be identified as S.A.F.E. Family (Smoke Alarms For Every Family).
The approach to an installation program is simple. Fire department personnel and recruited volunteers across Manitoba will team up to install smoke alarms. By installing smoke alarms in homes, residents and communities will be safer.
Some smoke alarm facts:
The risk of dying in a reported home fire is reduced by 50% in homes with working
Smoke alarms fail, most of the time, because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
The Office of the Fire Commissioner is developing a “planning and installation kit” for fire
departments. It will be available for June 2015. The kit will contain all the components required to implement a successful installation program. Some of the highlighted steps include how to:
The installation program kit will be made available to all fire departments in Manitoba. Fire
departments will have to fill in an application form outlining how they plan on implementing the program in their community and indentify the number of families they plan on targeting.
The program will be available extensively during 2015. Fire departments will be required to report all pertinent data on the survey installation forms. The Office of the Fire Commissioner, Red River Mutual and the Firefighters Burn Fund will evaluate the success of the program by analyzing data from the completed survey forms and by implementing a six month follow-up survey.
Red River Mutual and Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund are designing the S.A.F.E. Family kit. They are organizing and managing the coordination of the kit contents. Some of the items included in the kit are:
The Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs is assisting with the implementation of the program throughout the province. The program will be announced at the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs conference in June.
The overall goal of Manitoba’s S.A.F.E. Family program is to save lives by protecting every home with working smoke alarms and a practised fire escape plan. Ongoing evaluation is an essential component that will help to ensure the program is meeting its intended outcomes and continues to be effective, specific, relevant and measurable. In order to evaluate the program, appropriate data will be gathered and analyzed by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Red River Mutual. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation will highlight areas of the program that need revision and indicate where additional efforts need to be focused. It will also help to ascertain the costs associated with the program and assist the funding partners to plan for the future.
The evaluation data will help to streamline the program, modify outcomes, change activities or target a different client group. Working together, we will make Manitoba a safer place to live. (open and download in pdf)