Thursday, October 10, 2013

CFD’s Door-to-Door Smoke Alarm Blitz Sounds like Success

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Calgary Fire Department went door-to-door sharing fire safety tips, testing smoke alarms, and installing new alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in homes that needed them.

Last night, the Calgary Fire Department and its partners visited 103 homes, installing 87 smoke alarms and 70 carbon monoxide detectors.

“Taking a few minutes with Calgary residents to ensure proper fire prevention precautions are taken is much more preferable than having to come to someone’s home in response to an emergency call,” said Carol Henke, Public Information Officer.  “We were very pleased with how welcoming all the families we visited were. They allowed us in their homes to share fire safety tips, and to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors where they were needed.”

In addition to this year’s Fire Prevention Week Smoke Alarm Blitz, the Calgary Fire Department has the Home Safety Program, which operates from May until the end of October annually.  Through these initiatives, Calgary firefighters and Community Safety Officers have been able to install more than 20,000 smoke alarms and replace more than 14,000 batteries in just one year.

“We are here to protect Calgarians and our annual house-to-house visits are one of many steps we take to enhance community safety,” shared Henke.

In 2012, the Calgary Fire Department met their goal of reaching one in 10 Calgarians in a non-emergency setting, whether through station visits, educational programs, community events or with programs like the door-to-door smoke alarm blitz to increase citizen safety and help decrease fire incidents.

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