Great Canadian Smoke Alarm Test

PowerHourBanner-1The Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners invites all Canadians to participate in a national simultaneous smoke alarm test.

The ‘Great Canadian Smoke Alarm Test’ takes place Sunday, November 1st from 10 am to 11 am (local time).  Taking part is easy and could prevent fire tragedies in our communities.

To participate homeowners simply download, follow and confirm the completion of a simple 4-step checklist available on

“We’re billing the event as the ‘Power Hour’ because of the huge impact on preventing fire tragedies that we achieve 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.” says Captain Dean Schiavon, Fire Prevention Officer at Sun Peaks Fire Rescue.

Follow these steps:

  1. Walk through your home to make sure you have a smoke alarm on every storey, including the basement, and outside all sleeping areas or inside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed.
  1. 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.
  1. Press the Test Button on each smoke alarm. If it sounds, it confirms power is present and circuits are operating.
  1. For added protection, follow the same steps for carbon monoxide alarms.

People who confirm their participation online have a chance to win new Worry-Free smoke alarm models and large-sized toy Sparky® Dogs.



For More Information, contact Captain Dean Schiavon, Fire Prevention Officer (250) 578-8985,