As we are getting closer to Daylight Savings time, Campbell River’s fire department is reminding residents about the importance of a working fire alarm.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire research shows that fires spread much more rapidly with today’s furnishings than in the past.
Fire chief Dan Verdun says you may have one to two minutes to escape a fire.
“Please make a habit of installing new batteries in your smoke alarms every year to encourage early detection,” said Verdun.
“We recommend having a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on each floor of your home.”
The department recommends you change the batteries of your smoke alarm during the spring or fall, with the clock set to fall back an hour for Daylight Savings Time on November 5.
They also advise you to follow the once-a-month, once-a-year, once-a-decade rule, which includes checking your alarms once a month, replacing the batteries once a year, and replacing the alarms every ten years.