Home Fire Safety Program
Home Fire Safety Program 2015
The Home Fire Safety Program has completed another successful year. The Fire Prevention Branch, with support from Enbridge Pipelines conducted inspections to homes in Abasand Heights from May to August 2015. This was the fourth summer the program was offered to various neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, which have included Downtown, Beacon Hill and Gregoire.
This summer the program successfully provided 406 battery and/or hardwired smoke alarms and 239 carbon monoxide alarms, free to residents.
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. sponsors and supports this program as part of its Safe Communities Initiative.
What is the Home Fire Safety Program?
The Home Fire Safety Program is a comprehensive safety checklist lead by the Fire Prevention Branch to educate residents living in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) of potential fire risks within their homes. The program identities fire and injury hazards in the home, as well as offers a free installation of smoke alarms to replace alarms that do not work, are outdated or in homes without smoke alarms.
Since 2012, the program has provided 1,074 home inspections, and installed 1,129 smoke alarms and 346 carbon monoxide alarms, free of charge.
How is the Program Offered?
Regional Emergency Services (RES) personnel will conduct each home safety check as a door to door services. In order for the home safety check to occur, the homeowners or tenants must be present, and sign a consent waiver. RES personnel will follow an inspection checklist and identify any hazards that may exist.
What will be inspected for the Home Fire Safety Program?
Two officers with the Fire Prevention Branch will inspect to ensure that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are not expired, and are in proper working condition. If your home has fire extinguishers, the officers will give recommendations on placement and maintenance of the extinguisher. If your residence does have children, our officers can work with your family to develop a home escape plan.
Within the pamphlets that are given with the Home Fire Safety Program, there is a personal home safety checklist to test your family's ability to quickly react to an emergency situation. This question and answer feature enables your family to learn how to become better prepared should an emergency situation occur.