The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service has launched a new program that will install smoke alarms in owner-occupied households that do not already have a working smoke detector.
The S.A.F.E. Family (Smoke Alarm for Every Family) Program was announced on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and will be rolled out in phases over the next two years.
“A working smoke alarm is a basic, fundamental requirement for home fire safety,” said Chief John Lane, WFPS. “We are most vulnerable to fire when we sleep, and a working smoke alarm provides the protection required to alert us to – fire. What we are finding is that homes built before 1980 when building codes started requiring new homes to have a hard-wired smoke alarm are often still without this simple precaution.”
The program will begin in the Lord Selkirk and West Kildonan areas of the city. According to statistics from 2018 WPS crews went to 563 fires in
The program will then be offered in the City Centre, EastKildonan, Transcona, Riel and Assiniboia.
Each Saturday up to 20 alarms will be installed by Winnipeg firefighters. Appointments are required for the service.
You can apply for an alarm through the city of Winnipeg website.
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