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Remember to check your smoke alarms

Officials say death is four times more likely if you have broken alarm

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Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home, and test them monthly.

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The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is encouraging community members to test their smoke alarms.

Officials say that according to recent statistics, individuals are four times more likely to die in a fire if their smoke alarms aren’t working.

"Everyone notices when a clock stops ticking, but when a smoke alarm is not functioning, it’s not as obvious. The battery could be dead or missing. The only way to ensure if it is working is to test it," states a recent news release.

To help maximize safety, officials recommend local residents follow these simple steps:

• A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time. Get out, stay out and call 311;

• Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly;

• Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button monthly and change the battery twice a year corresponding with the time change;

• Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire, and practise your escape route.

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