Worn Out Or Too Few Smoke Alarms Put Millions of Canadian Homes At Increased Risk Of Fire Deaths

    Sunday's time change comes with reminder to bring home's fire safety
    readiness up to par

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - Canada's principal manufacturer of household
fire safety devices, Kidde Canada, says while millions of homeowners in Canada
have made strides to protect their families from the risks of fire, just as
many are continuing to believe "it won't happen to me."
    "Our research indicates that potentially two-out-of-three Canadian
homeowners have smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old, have not
installed smoke alarms where they should be...or at all," says Carol Heller,
vice president of product innovation at Kidde. "This affects every community
in the country and puts families at unnecessary risk of injury or death in the
event of fire."
    Over a nine-month period last year, a startling 60 per cent of deadly
household fires measured in one Canadian province either found that a smoke
alarm had its battery removed, or, there was no smoke alarm in the dwelling at
    Across Canada, a projected 6 million households could be insufficiently
equipped for timely fire detection according to Kidde Canada. Too few smoke
alarms in the home, alarms with dead or removed batteries, and alarms past
their expiry date, are the primary culprits. Kidde says the fire education
community continues to battle public complacency.
    For this weekend's time change, fire safety officials are urging all
Canadians to take the opportunity to bring all their fire safety equipment up
to date. While this means ensuring alarms have been installed correctly and
batteries have been changed, officials suggest going even further.
    "Most people do not realize that sensors in their smoke alarms weaken
over time, so it's important to replace smoke alarms every 10 years as
recommended by the National Fire Protection Association," says Carol Heller of
Kidde Canada. "Check your smoke alarm for the expiry date. If it is past its
useful life, or if its age cannot be determined, replace it with a new unit
immediately. Also take the opportunity to benefit from the latest technology
and convenience features. For kitchen and bathroom areas choose either a
photoelectric model, or one with a Hush button that lets you quickly silence
nuisance alarms from shower steam or burnt toast while still keeping your
family safe."
    For more information visit www.safeathome.ca or www.makeitstop.ca

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Szucsko, (905) 632-5424, ext 289,
andreas@okd.com; Gary Holloway, (905) 632-5424, ext 243, gary@okd.com

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