Several city and provincial groups want to keep seniors safe by offering them free smoke alarms for their homes.
With 8,000 seniors in Kamloops still in private residences, it’s important that they have a working fire alarm in their home.
Seniors have been identified by a recent report that seniors are one of the highest at-risk groups to die in a house fire.
Yet information from the B.C. Office of the Fire Commissioner shows almost 70 per cent of fire scenes examined between 2006 and 2011 had no functioning smoke alarm.
Because of that, free smoke alarms are being offered by the City of Kamloops, the Centre for Seniors Information, the Seniors Outreach Society, the Province of British Columbia and the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C.
If you know of a senior, or if you are a senior and you require smoke alarms or your smoke alarm is more than ten years old, we encourage you to call Kamloops Fire Rescue at Fire Station No. 1 at 250-372-5131 or complete the online application at www.kamloops.ca. Kamloops Fire Rescue will provide you with smoke alarms and install them free of charge.