The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, Red River Mutual insurance agency, Manitoba Firefighters Burn Fund, and the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs have teamed up to implement a smoke alarm installation program–Smoke Alarms for Every Family (S.A.F.E. Family).
Since the program began last year, more than 2,000 smoke alarms have been installed. Fire department personnel–including Virden Fire Department Firefighter Ben McLean, pictured above–and volunteers across Manitoba are installing the smoke alarms. An installation program kit is available to all fire departments in the province. Items include smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries designed to remain effective for up to 10 years, general fire safety information, templates for a home escape plan, liability release forms, and installation survey forms.
The goal of Manitoba’s S.A.F.E. Family is to save lives by protecting every home with working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan. In order to evaluate the program, data will be gathered and analyzed by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Red River Mutual. Monitoring and evaluation will highlight areas of the program that need revision and indicate where additional efforts need focus. Plans are underway to double the amount of alarms installed to date.