A few minutes of your time could save you and your family’s life.

Barrie Firefighters have set across the city this week to canvass homes and check smoke and CO alarms, as well as assisting families with their home escape pans. It’s all part of the second annual Alarmed for Life campaign, which will run until the end of October.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate Barrie residents about the importance of having working smoke and CO alarms and a well-practiced home escape plan to go along with it.

The Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) visited more than 11,000 homes last year and found that 68 per cent had working alarms of the owner-occupied homes that were inspected. No homeowners without working alarms will be fined.

Working alarms are the law and the Ontario Fire Code requires that every home have working smoke alarms on every level and working CO alarms outside of sleeping areas. With most fatal fires taking place at night, it’s proven working alarms help save lives. A reminder that if your alarms are older than 10 years old, you need to replace them. You can’t replace a hard-wired smoke alarm with a battery-powered smoke alarm.

It’s also important to test your alarms at least once a month and change the battery every time you change your clock. You can also help keep them working properly by gently vacuuming them every six months. For more information, visit barrie.ca/FireSafety.

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