News Release - Moose Jaw Fire Department Celebrates Fire Prevention Week Oct 9-15
Moose Jaw Fire Department Celebrates Fire Prevention Week Oct 9-15
MOOSE JAW - The theme of the 2016 national fire prevention week is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!” and urges residents to check the date of manufacture on all of their smoke alarms.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.
“Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years to remain the most effective. A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for the Moose Jaw Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever,” commented Cathie Bassett, Public Education Officer.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). The Moose Jaw Fire Department also recommends that smoke alarms be tested monthly and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
To help raise community awareness of this year’s fire prevention campaign, the Moose Jaw Fire Department is hosting two Fire Prevention Week BBQs at the Co-op Marketplace (1st Ave NW) and Superstore (Thatcher Drive) parking lots on October 15, 2016 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Hot dogs and drinks will be served for a donation, with all money raised going to the Jobransa Foundation for Children.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
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