When a fire starts, it can spread quickly. In as little as 3 minutes, the heat from a small fire can cause the items in the room to burst into flames. A well maintained Fire Alarm System could mean the difference between getting everyone out quickly and tragedy.
Under Alberta law, every dwelling unit must have smoke alarms, and they need to be tested regularly. Batteries need to be checked or replaced, and detectors should be function tested once a month.
Every home should have a fire escape plan, and every member of your home should know it. Practice your plan so everyone knows what to do. Identify 2 ways of every room and decide on a meeting point outside of the home.