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Don’t wait, check the date during Fire Prevention Week

Essex Fire and Rescue Services is encouraging everyone to check the expiry date of their smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15).

“The theme of Fire Prevention Week this year is Don’t Wait, Check the Date of your smoke alarms,” says Fire Chief Rick Arnel. “Smoke alarms don’t last forever, so we challenge everyone to check the expiry date of their smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week.”

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date. While smoke alarms typically last 10 years, some have different expiry time frames. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.

Essex Fire and Rescue also reminds residents that smoke alarms are required on every storey of a home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

In support of Fire Prevention Week, Essex Fire and Rescue will hold its annual Open House at all three fire stations on Wednesday, October 12. This free public event runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and is aimed at raising public awareness about fire prevention by inviting residents to meet local firefighters, check out their trucks and equipment, and ask questions about smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home escape plans, and any other fire-related concern.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit online or the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website.