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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.


Smoke Detectors

Do Smoke Detectors Really Save Lives?
Most fatal home fires occur at night, while people are asleep. Poisonous gases and smoke from a fire in your home can numb the senses in a very short time.

Every home needs a device that can wake people up in time to escape from a fire. Of all the low-cost fire alarm devices you can buy, the Fire Chief considers smoke detectors to be the most effective.

How To Choose A Smoke Detector:
There are dozens of reputable brands of smoke detectors readily available. No matter where you buy your detectors or what type they are, be sure to buy only ones carrying the mark of the organization that tests and evaluates products.

How Many Do I Need?
According to the accepted Standard on Household Fire Warning Equipment (NFPA-74), minimum protection requires smoke detectors outside each bedroom and on each additional storey of the house. This includes the basement.

Maintaining Your Smoke Detectors
Replace the batteries according to the manufacturer's recommendations - or at least once a year. Warn everyone in your household to leave working batteries in smoke detectors - resist temptation to borrow them for other purposes.

Never paint a smoke detector. Because cobwebs and dust can impair a detector's sensitivity, vacuum your detectors at least once a week to make sure you're protected.

What Happens When The Fire Alarm Sounds?
Being awakened by a smoke detector can be a frightening and disorienting experience even for adults - so plan your escape before it is an emergency.

Information from:Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services