October 6th to the 12th is Fire Prevention Week and the Fire Department is reminding residents to be Fire Smart and prepare their homes in case of fire.
Members from Whitecourt’s Fire Department will be going door to door tonight from 6 until 8 to tell residents about the free, new FireSmart Canada app.
The app allows homeowners to view a checklist of how to do a self-assessment of their properties to reduce the risk and spread of fire.
If residents wish to book a follow-up assessment with the department after doing their own, they can do so. Assessments take 1-3 hours and require the homeowner to be present.
Other FireSmart initiatives include removing pine needles, dried grass or other materials from properties before the snow falls to reduce the potential for fire in the spring. There should be no hazardous material within five feet of a residential property, and firewood should be stored at least 10m away from a home.
The fire department is also reminding homeowners to check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for batteries or expiry date. The devices should be replaced every 10 years.