Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Fire Prevention Week

three fire trucks in front of Central Fire Station in St. John's

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) has joined with the National Fire Protection Association  for Fire Prevention Week to remind  residents to keep your family safe by ensuring there is a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of home fire deaths in half.

“Smoke alarms are early warning devices and when properly installed and maintained play a pivotal role in reducing fire deaths and injuries," says Captain Mike Maher, Fire Prevention Officer with the SJRFD. "It is very important to have working smoke alarms on every level of the home and for families to have a fire escape plan in place."

Make your home and family safe from fires by properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms.

Installing Smoke Alarms:

  • Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance and keep for reference.

Testing Smoke Alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace batteries at least once a year – for example, when you set the clocks back in the Fall or when an alarm chirps to tell you the battery is low.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is one of the longest running public health and safety events on record. Visit for the 2016 Fire Prevention Week schedule of events.