Fire safety officer urges protection of all Edmonton residents

October 19, 2015 by  

New laws have been put into place that are intended to make Edmonton homes even safer should a fire happen to break out within a dwelling.

Beginning in May of 2016, all new homes will have to have smoke alarms hard wired into each of their bedrooms. According to provincial fire safety officer Ross Bennett, this can help to reduce the number of fatalities due to fire each year, as people will be more apt to hear an alarm if it is in the room where they are sleeping than they would if it was out in the hall.

With this in mind, he urged everyone who lives in a home that has already been constructed to do the same and make sure that each of the bedrooms is protected. A newsletter printing company can create informational materials that can be distributed to the public that explain why this is so important and also give other useful information about how to prevent a blaze from occur in the first place.

Mr. Bennett pointed out that there were at least 10,000 fires across the province, and 2,000 of them were in homes that did not have any smoke detectors. He further went on to say that there were 18 fatalities last year, and that the majority of these deaths and also injuries due to fires that happened between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is when most people are sleeping.