S.A.F.E. Family Program
Posted: October 13, 2016
Checking for Working Smoke Alarms and
Implementing the S.A.F.E. Family Program
St. Paul, MB. – Firefighters from the East St. Paul Fire Department will be
talking to local residents and performing free smoke alarm inspections, upon
request, replacing batteries and installing smoke alarms as part of the
S.A.F.E. Family Program (Smoke Alarms
For Every Family). Fire department
representatives will be available to ensure that all residences in East St.
Paul have the required number of smoke alarms and that they are in working
order. If residents require additional smoke alarms or have alarms that are not
working, fire department personnel will install 10-year lithium battery smoke
alarms at no cost.
The East St. Paul campaign is part of an effort to reach out to local residents, including older adults, young people and residents of neighbourhoods, who are vulnerable to fire deaths. Installing working smoke alarms in the homes of East St. Paul residents who don’t have them will increase their odds of surviving a home fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the international non-profit leader in fire, electrical, building and life safety and official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, working smoke alarms are the key to saving lives from fire. Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device and a working smoke alarm in your home would increase your chance of survival by fifty per cent.
"Our goal is to make sure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm, because smoke alarms alone won’t prevent every fire death. Our project includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”
During the S.A.F.E. Family program, local firefighters will visit residents and community groups in East St. Paul. Residents who wish to schedule a home visit should call the East St. Paul Fire Prevention Branch at 204-781-3400.
The S.A.F.E. Family Program (Smoke Alarms For Every Family) is a province-wide initiative sponsored by Office of the Fire Commissioner, Red River Mutual, Firefighters Burn Fund and the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs. The overall goal of Manitoba’s S.A.F.E. Family program is to save lives by protecting every home with working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan.
Bob Ezinicki, Fire Prevention Officer
East St. Paul Fire Department
3021 Bird’s Hill Road
East St. Paul, MB R2E 1A7
PH: (204) 781-3400