PoCo firefighters will install free smoke detectors for the city’s most vulnerable

This year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, encourages everyone to plan and practice an escape route in the event of a house fire.

Next week, October 9-15, will mark the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week — an annual event that encourages local residents to be prepared if and when a house fire occurs.

In Port Coquitlam, local firefighters are taking an extra step to keep everyone safe, including those who may not have access to additional sources that could ultimately save their lives.

PoCo Fire and Emergency Services is offering free smoke alarms to those considered the most vulnerable in the community to mark the season of the century awareness.

Fire prevention officers are responsible for assessing the home of a qualified person to determine where alarms will be installed or to test existing ones.

According to the city, installing smoke alarms increases the chances of surviving a home fire by 50%.

“Today’s homes are burning faster than ever and you may only have two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the moment the smoke detector sounds. “, we read in a press release from PoCo.

“The ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on the early warning of smoke alarms and advance planning.”

The Tri-Cities are currently under high to extreme fire danger ratings due to unusually warm weather for the month of October.

Three suspected human-caused wildfires have been parked in the area since last Saturday (October 1) due to dry conditions.

This includes the 14-hectare fire in Minnekhada Regional Park, which is now under BC Wildfire Service control along the Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam border.

The City of Port Coquitlam offers the following tips for homeowners wishing to plan their escape route in the event of a fire:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all members of your household, including those with sensory or physical disabilities
  • Smoke detectors should be installed inside every bedroom, outside every bedroom, and on every level of your home.
    • Smoke detectors must be interconnected so that when one rings, they all ring

  • Know at least two exits from each room, if possible
    • Make sure all doors and windows open easily

  • Have an outdoor meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with all members of the household, including guests
    • Practice at least once day and night

  • Check your smoke alarm and change the batteries if necessary

Additionally, PoCo firefighters are set to conduct elementary school safety drills to spread the message “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape!” children and youth theme for Fire Prevention Week.

Those who qualify and wish to receive a free smoke alarm are encouraged to apply. via the City of Port Coquitlam website.

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