Firefighters from the City of Portage La Prairie Fire Department will visit local residents on October 6, 2016 between 7 pm and 9 pm to perform free smoke alarm inspections, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms as part of the S.A.F.E. Family program (Smoke Alarms For Every Family). Fire department representatives will be checking to ensure that residences have the required number of smoke alarms and that they are in working order. If residents require additional smoke alarms or have alarms that are not working, fire department personnel will install 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms at no cost.
The Portage La Prairie campaign is part of an effort to reach out to local residents, including older adults, young people and residents of neighbourhoods, who are vulnerable to fire deaths. Installing working smoke alarms in the homes of Portage La Prairie residents who don’t have them will increase their odds of surviving a home fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the international non-profit leader in fire, electrical, building and life safety and official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, working smoke alarms are the key to saving lives from fire. Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device there is and a working smoke alarm in your home would increase your chance of survival by fifty per cent.
“Our goal is to make sure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm,” says Dave Holmes, Deputy Fire Chief, “because smoke alarms alone won’t prevent every fire death, our project includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”
- During the S.A.F.E. Family program, local firefighters will fan out through the area, visiting residents in the 500 blocks between 1st Street NW. and 4th Street NW.
- Residents who wish to schedule a home visit should call the Fire Hall at 204-239-8340.
The S.A.F.E. Family program (Smoke Alarms For Every Family) is a province-wide initiative sponsored by Office of the Fire Commissioner, Red River Mutual, Firefighters Burn Fund and the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs. 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.