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A smoke alarm is your first line of defence if there is a fire in your home.

Install alarms throughout your home. Remember, smoke rises. When installing smoke alarms, place them on the ceiling or high up on a wall according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should also consider adding interconnected smoke alarms. This way, if one smoke alarm goes off, they all do, helping to keep everyone safe.

Make sure everyone in your home can hear the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms and alert devices (also known as accessories) are available for people who are deaf/hard of hearing or for those who are heavy sleepers. Strobe lights or pillow/bed shakers are also available.

Be sure the smoke alarm bears the label of an independent testing lab and test the batteries regularly. Replace the batteries every time you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time (Spring and Fall).

Fire Facts

  • Fire fatalities occur as a result of breathing in smoke and toxic gases, not from the fire itself. Early detection is vital for survival.
  • 70% of people who die in home fires either don't have smoke alarms or their smoke alarms aren't working.
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a properly installed, fully-functioning smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a fire by 50%.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

If the alarm sounds...
  • Get out and stay out
  • Never go back inside for people or pets
  • If you have to escape through smoke, get low and crawl under the smoke toward your exit
  • Call 911 from outside your home
Maintain your smoke alarms
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing smoke alarms
  • Install smoke alarms within 5 metres of each bedroom
  • Test alarms each month by pressing and holding the test button
  • Replace all alarms (both electrical and battery-operated) every 10 years
  • Replace alarm batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time
  • Vacuum out the alarm every 6 months
Fire Safety Checklist

Do you...

  • Have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home?
  • Have Carbon Monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas?
  • Dust the outside of your alarms periodically?
  • Have a home fire escape plan and periodically practice it?
  • Have house numbers clearly visible from the street?

Smoke Alarm Program

Smoke alarms save lives! In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm is your first line of defence.

The Smoke Alarm Program provides and/or installs smoke alarms free of charge to homeowners in specific residential communities around Edmonton.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will not retain information from the safety check except to document the number of smoke alarms provided and/or installed.

Special thanks to Interstate Batteries for providing batteries for this program.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and restrictions, the Smoke Alarm Program will not be taking place this year.

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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