Fire Prevention Week, October 3rd to 9th, serves as a reminder to us all to keep Fire Safety top of mind as we go about our lives. There are many things we can do to increase safety and Lac La Biche County Protective Services hopes the information below increases fire safety for you.
The theme of Fire Prevention Week for 2021 is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” which aims to educate about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Understanding the sounds of your alarms can help you to take action to keep you and your family safe.
A continued set of three loud beeps means there is smoke or a fire. If you hear this noise, you should get out of your home, stay out and call 9-1-1. When the battery is low on your smoke alarms, they will make a single chirp every 30-60 seconds. If you hear a chirp, replace the batteries in your alarms. After replacing the batteries if you still hear a chirp, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
A continuous set of four loud beeps indicates that carbon monoxide is in your home. If you hear four beeps, you should get out of your home, stay out, and call 9-1-1. If you hear a single chirp every 30-60 seconds, replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms. After replacing the batteries if you still hear a chirp, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced. CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it’s time to get a new CO alarm.
FALSE ALARMS - Remember if you are experiencing false alarms there are a variety of causes for this. If you take out the batteries from your alarm remember to replace or address the cause of the detector going off.
To learn more watch the video below.
Call 9-1-1 for Fire Emergencies
When you have a fire emergency requiring the help of Lac La Biche County Fire Services, we remind you to call 9-1-1 to get help immediately on the way.
Our main goal is to prevent the loss of life and property so using the 9-1-1 system, instead of calling one of our fire stations or somebody you know on the fire department, can shave critical minutes off their response time. The 9-1-1 system alerts other first responders to the scene as well with your one call.
Getting to the scene of a fire a few minutes sooner is critical in our ability to save lives, reduce property damage, and increase safety for our staff.
Becoming A Fire Fighter - Join Us!
Fire Departments are integral to the ability to fight fire when it occurs. Paid training is provided to community members who become paid-on-call fire fighters. You can apply to become a firefighter anytime but there are usually two intakes per year at which selected candidates are invited to join. All training is provided by the County, and no previous experience is necessary.
When you become a fire fighter you not only learn new skills but they provide you with the opportunity to assist others at their time of need.
Paid on-call volunteer firefighters work out of our five fire districts (Hylo, Lac La Biche, Owl River, Plamondon and Rich Lake).
FireSmart Your Property
When you live in a rural area, the risk of wildfire increases due to the proximity to forests and natural areas when conditions dry out. FireSmart is a fire prevention program specifically geared toward rural properties.
Protective Services staff trained to conduct FireSmart assessments will visit your property and create a list of suggestions for you to reduce the potential for fire to spread. FireSmart assessments and the wood chipping program are free.
Assessments can be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time to property owner and Protective Services staff and can be initiated by calling 780-623-6774