Port Coquitlam residents with properly working smoke detectors could get a free pizza delivered to them next Friday by members of PoCo Fire and Emergency Services.
Firefighters will be delivering select pizza orders from Domino's by fire truck on Oct. 14, as part of Fire Prevention Week. During each delivery, firefighters will check the home's smoke alarm.
If it is working, the pizza is free. If it does not work, the department will replace either the batteries or the smoke alarm to ensure the home is functioning with a safe device.
Statistics show that working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a fire by half. Roughly two thirds of all home fire deaths are in homes either without smoke alarms or without working smoke alarms. A lack of maintenance and disconnected batteries are some reasons why smoke alarms malfunction.
Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 9 to 15 this year and the theme is "protect your family from fire."
For more information about fire prevention and safety, go to www.portcoquitlam.ca/fire.
Smoke alarms are required on every level of the home, including the basement.
They should be placed outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom.
They must be replaced if older than 10 years.
They should be tested monthly by pushing the test button and should never be removed or disabled.
Replace a smoke alarm battery immediately if the alarm chirps.
FIREFIGHTERS' BOOT DRIVE
Port Moody firefighters hope to fill their boots this weekend with donations for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Firefighters will be collecting cash at the BC Liquor store and Thrifty Foods located at Suter Brook in Port Moody as well as the Starbucks and IGA located in Heritage Mountain Shopping Village, today (Friday) and Saturday. The community boot drive raises awareness and funds in support of neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services and funding research.