DIEPPE (GNB) – Public safety officials reminded residents today of the importance of checking smoke alarms and batteries in their homes, camps and cottages. This is part of the Alarmed and Ready campaign, which has been taking place over the past several months throughout the province.
 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Public Safety's Office of the Fire Marshal and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the campaign has fire department staff going door-to-door and providing a free smoke alarm for homes that do not already have one, and replacement batteries for those that do.

"Fire safety is everyone's concern, and the comments we have heard back from residents have been very positive," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors. "We appreciate the support from IBC and the fire departments on continuing to educate people about fire prevention."
 
Fire departments have visited almost 9,000 homes so far, and will continue through the summer and into the fall.

"Each year we see fire cause loss of life and property,” said Bill Adams, IBC regional vice-president. “Much of this tragedy could have been prevented by simple safety checks like ensuring your smoke detectors are working. An investment in fire safety is always wise, and will keep your family and treasured belongings safe this summer."

New Brunswick's acting fire marshal, Norm Thibodeau, reminded residents about checking their smoke alarms and batteries.

"We need to take steps year-round to ensure our homes and seasonal residences are fire-safe," Thibodeau said. "Since many seasonal residences are not insulated, batteries should be checked at this time of year. As well, anyone doing renovations should ensure that their smoke alarm systems are up to modern standards."

About 2,200 smoke alarms and 3,200 batteries, paid for by IBC, have been distributed to fire departments in the province’s five fire regions. Since the launch of the campaign this spring, more than 1,600 alarms and 2,200 batteries have been distributed by fire departments.

LINKS:

●    Department of Public Safety's Office of the Fire Marshal
●    Alarmed and Ready campaign