Fire Prevention week in Alberta is this week, conveniently right when everyone is cooking their Thanksgiving feasts. The Strathmore Fire Department has some simple, but effective tips to promote fire safety in your lives.
Check your fire extinguishers by turning the canister to loosen any material stuck on the bottom and ensure the pressure gage is in the green. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors can be tested with a simple button press and plan an escape route with two ways out.
In 2017, there were 4,967 fires in Alberta resulting in 29 deaths and 164 injuries. Twenty-seven per cent of residential fires were caused by smoker’s materials, ignorance of a hazard, cooking oil, or an electrical short circuit.