The importance of Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are the most effective, low-cost, early-warning device available to alert you to the presence of a fire.
Most people who die in fires in Regina die in homes without a working smoke alarm. Most of these fire-related deaths occur at night when people are sleeping. The smell of smoke does not awaken most people. The smoke alarm will wake you and allow you to get out safely before the poisonous gases in the smoke overcome you.
Regina Fire Bylaw 2005-18 requires every home to be equipped with a working smoke alarm. They must be placed in every sleeping area. As of January 2006, all rental units must have hard-wired smoke alarms installed that are tested every 6 months.
Purchasing & installing home smoke alarms
- Replace your smoke alarm if it is over 10 years old.
- Install smoke alarms according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Maintaining home smoke alarms
- Test your smoke alarm monthly.
- Replace batteries once a year.
- Clean your smoke alarm at least twice a year, using a vacuum cleaner to remove cobwebs and dust that can degrade the unit’s sensitivity.