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Fire department says 'Wake Up Vancouver' with holiday campaign

Last Updated Dec 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm PST

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As Vancouver ties a dubious record for fire fatalities, the fire department is launching a campaign aimed at helping you from becoming the next victim.

Working smoke alarms are one thing that could have prevented many of those deaths, according to Cap. Jonathan Goremick.

“The direct link is working smoke alarms and that applies this year and it applies every other year and it applies across Canada,” he says.

Gormick says the aim of “Wake Up Vancouver” is to ensure no one gets hurt, especially when injuries from fires are so easily preventable.

“Smoke alarms are required in every kind of dwelling. They’re inexpensive, and they’re free from the City of Vancouver from our home safety check program, so it’s a little bit inconceivable that people don’t have working smoke alarms,” he says.

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Gormick says it’s seems like common knowledge but not everyone has working fire alarms.

The best place for them is on every floor of your home and one outside each bedroom, and you should also have at least two ways out of your home in case there’s a fire.