The importance of a working Smoke Alarm

At 19:37 hours Nelson Fire & Rescue Services responded to the report of an activated smoke alarm inside a one story, multi-unit, residential complex.

TMTV.NET (Nelson Fire Rescue Release) – The shift officer responded in Engine 2 to investigate. Upon arrival, he found a locked and vacant one bedroom apartment with no smoke showing from the outside.

A malfunctioning electric baseboard was producing enough heat to scorch the wall, the ceiling, and partially melt a vinyl venetian blind. Nelson Fire Rescue Photo…

Upon gaining entry with the key holder, a malfunctioning electric baseboard was producing enough heat to scorch the wall, the ceiling, and partially melt a vinyl venetian blind. The resulting light smoke activated the smoke alarm, alerting other residents in adjacent suites. The problem was eliminated by turning off the breaker, removing the heater, and overhauling the wall behind the heater to ensure no fire had extended into the wall cavity.

This near miss, involving the successful activation of a smoke alarm, stresses the importance of having working smoke alarms. When you hear an activated smoke alarm at a neighbour’s residence please check on their safety and the cause. In this case, the caller made the right decision to call the fire department for assistance investigating an alarm coming from a locked and vacant suite.

A successful outcome tonight – due to a working smoke alarm, and a call to the fire department.