Alberta Power Hour
Alberta is one of 10 provinces and territories to participate in a national simultaneous smoke alarm test, and all Albertans are invited to join in.
The ‘Great Canadian Smoke Alarm Test’ takes place Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (local time). Taking part is easy and could prevent fire tragedies in our communities.
It’s being billed as the ‘Power Hour’ because of the huge impact on preventing fire tragedies that can be achieved when homeowners ensure their smoke alarms are properly maintained with fresh batteries, or, replaced if they are past their 10-year lifespan. It puts a new twist on time change weekend.
To participate, homeowners follow these four simple steps:
- Walk through your home to make sure you have a smoke alarm on every storey, including the basement, outside all sleeping areas, and Alberta’s Office of the Fire Commissioner recommends installing smoke alarms inside all bedrooms for added protection.
- Check all smoke alarm expiry dates. If it is more than 10 years old, or the year it was made cannot be identified, replace the alarm.
- Press the Test Button on each smoke alarm. If it sounds, it confirms power is present and circuits are operating.
- For added protection, follow the same steps for carbon monoxide alarms.
People who confirm their participation online with SafeAtHome.ca have a chance to win new Worry-Free smoke alarm models and large-sized toy Sparky® Dogs.
Homeowners are encouraged to take advantage of new smoke alarm technologies that help make upkeep easier, such as tamper-proof designs, sealed 10-year lithium batteries that last the life of the alarm, and additional safety features such as built-in LED lighting to help illuminate your escape, sensors that reduce nuisance alarms, and end-of-life warnings.