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Massive donation helps rid Fort McMurray households of potentially affected smoke and carbon monoxide alarms


3,000 Smoke and CO Alarms Donated by Kidde for Exchange Program

HIGH RES IMAGES: Close-up of Skids & Alarms | Skids Wide View | Exchange Program Graphic

Massive donation helps rid Fort McMurray households of potentially affected smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Returning residents urged to test existing alarms; local Fire Halls administer Exchange Program to aid with replacement of alarms affected by wildfires

TORONTO, August 3 2016 – Fort McMurray has received more than $100,000 worth of donated smoke and carbon monoxide alarms aimed at helping returning residents replace units that may have been affected by the region’s recent wildfire.

Kidde Canada, the country’s largest manufacturer of alarms, sent 3,000 alarms to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which is still in the midst of a reintegration of residents following a massive wildfire that covered nearly 1.5 million acres.  Fires began May 1, 2016 with some 2,000 residences destroyed and thousands more partially damaged.  More than 80,000 of the region’s residents were evacuated.

It is possible that smoke and debris from the wildfire may have affected some existing alarms in partially damaged homes.  The donation is meant to support returning homeowners who need to replace non-working alarms to keep their families safe.

Residents are being urged to lightly vacuum their alarms to clean them, replace batteries, and then push the Test button to check alarm functionality.  Unresponsive alarms, as well as those more than 7 to 10 years old, should be replaced.

A special Exchange Program has been set up at Fire Halls 1, 3, 4 and 5 (addresses below) every day from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Residents who have cleaned and tested alarms can bring any non-working units to a participating Fire Hall.  Once basic resident information has been recorded, new alarms will be exchanged for non-functioning units.  Homeowners can then return home to install the new alarms.


Clean and Replace Steps | Exchange Program Information

“Now more than ever, it’s essential for Wood Buffalo residents to ensure their homes are fire safe. We strongly encourage all residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly, and to make fire safety and prevention a priority,” says Perry Gillam, Deputy Chief, Fire Prevention/Administration, Regional Emergency Services, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Kidde’s donation included 1,000 battery powered smoke alarms; 300 hardwired smoke alarms; 1,000 plug-in carbon monoxide alarms; and, 700 battery powered carbon monoxide alarms.  Distribution of the free alarms is limited.

Kidde feels it is a privilege and a responsibility to support communities in need, and will continue to be there to help protect families from fire and carbon monoxide threats.
Residents may call the Wood Buffalo Pulse line at 780-743-7000 with any questions.  More information can also be found on the web site

Fire Hall 1 – Downtown:  2 Tolen Drive
Fire Hall 3 – Thickwood:  101 Cornwall Drive
Fire Hall 4 – Timberlea:  101 Paquette Drive
Fire Hall 5 – Airport:  200 Airport Road

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For more information:
Kidde Canada
Conrad Galambos, Media Liaison
[email protected]