Fire Safety Education

Smoke Alarms

Facts about Smoke Alarms

  • Working smoke alarms saves lives.
  • The law requires that smoke alarms are installed. Landlords are also required to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed outside sleeping rooms and on every level of your home including the basement.
  • Replace batteries twice a year, when the clocks change in the spring and fall or replace immediately if an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of your smoke alarms.
  • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
  • Vacuum on a regular basis to remove dust.
  • Plan and practice a home fire escape plan twice a year to know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Recycle your old Smoke Alarms

For information about recycling your old smoke alarms please visit 

Related Smoke Alarm Media

For more information, please see the following links for public service announcements and a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) study on smoke alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

Quick Tips

  • CO alarms should be installed as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test CO alarms once a month.
  • Replace batteries twice a year, when the clocks change in the spring and fall.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries.
  • Replace low batteries.

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