A firefighter with the Blackpool Fire Department, Don, installed this smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in the North Thompson Trailer Park on Oct. 14. (Submitted photo)

A firefighter with the Blackpool Fire Department, Don, installed this smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in the North Thompson Trailer Park on Oct. 14. (Submitted photo)

Blackpool Fire improves home safety with door-to-door program

The members of Blackpool Fire Department have been visiting every home in both Blackpool and Little Fort to educate homeowners about the need for up-to-date and working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, as well as sharing details about the home safety program.

Since the beginning of October, the department has visited almost 300 homes. The visits are part of a public education program that assists in creating home escape plans and testing or installing smoke and CO detectors.

Each home has received a combined smoke and CO detector, as well as a package describing how to develop a home escape plan and emergency “grab and go” bag, a fire safety checklist and information about the program and volunteer fire department.

Over the first 200 homes visted, 25 per cent of homes didn’t have a smoke detector, 50 per cent didn’t have a CO detector, and 21 homes required replacement batteries, which the firefighters replaced, said Blackpool Fire Chief, Mike Savage.

During their trip on Oct. 14, of the 60 homes visited, about one third of homes didn’t have a smoke detector and another 50 per cent of homes were missing a CO detector. Only two homes needed new batteries and every home received a dual detector from the department.

Savage said residents have been quite receptive of the program and he’s glad they’re able to reach out to as many households as they can to help spread awareness.

“A lot of people are happy we’re taking the initiative for this community safety program,” he said. “If it saves one life, prevents one injury or saves one structure, it’s paid for itself.”

Trailer courts are a concern in the area. Over the last 15 years, there have been two fatalities, six injuries and eight structural losses within trailer courts. In each of these instances, the homes didn’t have a detector.

Blackpool Fire Department is hoping to visit every home in Blackpool and Little Fort. Their next stops are Thompson Drive, Caroline Road and Pump Town.

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