National Fire Prevention Week: Why CO Monitoring is Important

It’s National Fire Prevention week. According to Fire Prevention Canada, “Statistics show that, on average, fire kills eight people each week
in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73%  of these fatalities.”

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Working Smoke Alarms – Test Yours Every Month!”. This is an important message given that “66% of home fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm!”

It’s the law to have at least one working smoke detector on every storey that does not contain a sleeping area. With a monitored smoke alarm, if the fire starts while you are not at home, the fire department can be dispatched immediately. Therefore, saving your home and possessions from the considerable damage that could occur from dispatching help later. 

A Carbon Monoxide detector is also mandatory for homes now. Even if you have both, you still need to call the Fire Department after you’ve discovered your alarm has gone off. This can be problematic because carbon monoxide is a “silent killer” and it could easily render you unconscious, making you unable to escape or call for help. A carbon monoxide detector can be monitored from a central monitoring station. This means that the fire department will be dispatched immediately after the alarm is triggered, saving your life.

Note: Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air and Alliance Alarms will ensure that the detector will be installed at the correct low height which is commonly overlooked.

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