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.