Replacing expired smoke alarms could save your life

October 7, 2016

Replacing expired smoke alarms could save your life

Fire Prevention Week is October 9 to 15, and this year’s theme is “Don’t wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.” Working smoke alarms save lives.

Emergency Services recommends residents replace smoke alarms 10 years from the manufacture date. The date of manufacture can be found on the back of the alarm.

According to Alberta fire statistics, 62 per cent of homes affected by a fire did not have a smoke alarm installed. In cases where smoke alarms were installed, only 41 per cent of the alarms worked. The most common cause of smoke alarm failure is lack of a power source – including no battery, dead battery and/or disconnection from a power supply. Fire-related deaths are most often caused by exposure to smoke and toxic gasses emitted from a fire. A fire becomes deadly in just minutes.

Smoke alarm tips. 

Free residential smoke alarm inspections are available by emailingor calling 780-464-8468 to book an appointment.


Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595