Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016. This year’s campaign “Don’t Wait Check The Date!” will educate people on the importance of smoke alarms and smoke alarm maintenance.
How old are your smoke alarms? Smoke alarms don’t last forever. They usually last 10 years.
Don’t wait – check the date and replace expired alarms.
- Check the date. Look at the back of the smoke alarm for the manufacturers date. The expiry date is usually 10 years from that date. Replace your expired alarms.
- Test your alarms. Once you’ve checked the date, test your smoke alarms by pressing the test button.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor in the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, install smoke alarms in every bedroom.
Test your smoke alarms monthly and clean them every 6 months. Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.
Smoke alarms are a key part of a fire escape plan. When a fire starts, smoke spreads quickly and working alarms can give you early warning signs to evacuate.
Fire Safety In Wee Watch Homes.
Children’s safety is our number one priority at Wee Watch.
When it comes to fire safety, Wee Watch Providers are required to take the following steps to ensure the safety of children in their care.
- Make sure all exits are kept clear at all times
- Make sure smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed on every level children will be on and test them monthly.
- Complete a fire evacuation plan (sleep time, playtime and mealtime)
- Have a fire extinguisher mounted in the kitchen
- Monthly fire drills should be conducted with the children, showing them the quickest exits from various parts of the home.
- Record all fire drills and equipment inspections on the record sheet.
Wee Watch Home Visitors make regular unscheduled visits to Providers homes and a detailed Site Safety Check List is completed quarterly.