Fire Prevention

Deputy Fire Chief Derek Henderson

Derek Henderson,  Fire Prevention Officer for the Big White Fire Department.

We all know that smoke alarms saves lives, but only working smoke alarms saves lives, therefore it is essential that you check their operation by testing them on a monthly basis, you can do this by pressing the “Test” button to ensure that the alarm sounds. For those of you that have smoke alarms that are powered through your house electrical system, look for a green light, this will let you know that your alarm has power, and for those of you that have battery powered alarms it is important that you change your batteries regularly, so why not set a note on your calendar for when the the clocks change in the spring and fall  to change  the batteries in your smoke alarm as well? Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and if you are purchasing battery powered alarms in the near future, consider purchasing alarms with a 10 year battery life. Regrettably a recent study found that no smoke alarms were installed in 1,966 residential fires resulting in 113 injuries and 20 fatalities.

This years Fire Prevention week message is “Dont wait, check the date”   We all forget things, so consider marking the expiry date around the edge of your smoke alarms to save you taking them down each time, better still mark their expiry date on your calendar.


 A recent carbon monoxide incident in East kootenay has shown the need for caution when using a gas oven:

DO NOT place tin foil or foil trays on the bottom of your gas oven as this could cause a build up of carbon monoxide by covering the vents in the oven,  If you use these products please be sure to follow the instructions for your gas range and on the liner package.  It is recommended that they are placed directly on the rack and not on the bottom of the stove.

Electrical safety in the home.

Electricity is part of our daily lives, however it can be extremely dangerous, overloaded power bars and outlets, and that extension cord that we were going to replace, but never got round to replacing are just a few examples. Our children accept everything, but are unaware fo dangers unless we teach them, for example we teach them to safely cross the road, but have we ever thought of teaching them about electricity and its dangers? I have attached a fun workbook below to help you to start the process.


Are you prepared for an emergency?

Check out the links below for useful advice and tips

http://Homeowners Guide to Lightning Safety

Preparing for Disasters in Your Home: What to Buy, What to Skip

 Should you have any questions regarding smoke alarms, or any fire safety issues please contact me at:

the Big White Fire Department

By phone on 250.765.3090

or via email: