Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week


Don’t wait—check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years

Smoke alarms save lives. But did you know that smoke alarms have an expiration date?

Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. That is the message Sun Peaks Fire Rescue firefighters are promoting during this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

From Oct. 9-15, fire departments across British Columbia and North America will be working to educate the public about the importance of fire safety and the importance of having working smoke alarms.

Fire Prevention Week is held annually and highlights an important theme in fire education. This year’s theme “Don’t wait—check the date!” focuses on raising awareness that smoke alarms expire and to replace smoke alarms every 10 years to keep families safe.

To find out how old your smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm. The alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

In support of these efforts, Sun Peaks Fire Rescue is continuing with the free testing of smoke alarms within Sun Peaks.  Call 250-578-8985 to make an appointment.

Here are additional smoke alarm tips to follow:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test alarms each month by pushing the test button.
  • Replace removable batteries in smoke alarms annually.
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound and understands what to do when they hear the smoke alarm.

To learn more about the “Don’t wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years” campaign, visit the NFPA Web site at

For more information, contact: Dean Schiavon, Fire Prevention Officer SPFR 250-578-8985