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City and Canadian Home Builders’ Association Fire Up Smoke Detector Program

October 20, 2011

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA)-Edmonton Region will once again team up to install more than one thousand new smoke detectors in aging Edmonton homes as part of the Smoke Detector Program™.
“In the event of a fire, a smoke detector is your first line of defense,” said Fire Chief Ken Block. “That’s why we’re working with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association to get these units into Edmonton homes. It gives fire crews a chance to interact face-to-face with residents and it’s also a vital exercise in public safety.”
Over the last decade, 56 per cent of fire fatalities have been attributed to either a faulty smoke detector or the absence of a smoke detector in the home. In 76 per cent of fatal fires, dead or incorrectly installed batteries caused smoke detector failures.
“Smoke detectors save lives,” says CHBA-Edmonton Region Executive Officer, Tim Howard. “If a home fire occurs, a properly-installed, fully-functioning smoke detector could make all the difference between whether or not a family gets out safely. As an association of residential construction industry professionals, we feel it is our responsibility to help spread that message. Partnering up with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services on the Smoke Detector Program™ is a great way to do just that.”
Between October 15 and October 30, 2011, residents of Jasper Place, Norwood, Mill Creek, and Highlands can expect a local firefighter at their door, armed with a step ladder, a screwdriver and a smoke detector—all the tools needed to check a smoke detector and replace it if necessary.
Four City of Edmonton fire stations will take part in the program. In addition to installing smoke detectors, firefighters will provide residents with information on how to prevent home fires and injuries. Fire crews are unable to book appointments to install smoke detectors. There are plans to target different neighbourhoods in 2012.
The Smoke Detector Program™ is a joint partnership between Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Edmonton Fire Fighter’s Union, and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton Region.
The smoke detectors will be provided to residents free of charge, thanks to the generous support of these sponsors:

  • Fire ‘n Ice Mechanical & Controls
  • Interstate All Battery Center
  • Millenium Mechanical Services Ltd.
  • York
  • Milwaukee

Learn more about the Smoke Detector Program™ online, phone 311 or visit the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton Region website.