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Smoke Alarms

The BC Building Code now requires that smoke alarms be installed in areas where people sleep. Most fire-related deaths are a result of inhaled smoke.

Warning  When your smoke alarm beeps, first get everyone out of the premises. Warning 

Warning  When everyone is safely out of harm's way, call 9-1-1 to report the fire. Warning 


Smoke alarm installation

  1. Choose smoke alarms that are approved by the Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada, or other recognized testing laboratory.
  2. Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, including the basemen
  3. Consider installing smoke alarms inside each bedroom or sleeping area
  4. Consider the purchase of special communication aids which convert smoke alarm sounds into flashing lights or vibrations, to assist those who may have trouble hearing
  5. If smoke alarms are wired into the household electrical system, make sure the smoke alarms have a battery backup
  6. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for where to place the smoke alarms

Smoke alarm maintenance

1.    Vacuum smoke alarms every six months to ensure reliable performance

2.    Test smoke alarms every month to ensure the units function properly

3.    Replace your smoke alarm batteries once a year, even if they still work. It might help to coordinate battery changes with a regular event, such as a seasonal time change, or birthday

4.    Resist the temptation to paint smoke alarms, disconnect smoke alarms, or remove the batteries

5.     Renew smoke alarms as the manufacturer directs


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