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Smoke Alarms

Firefighter checking a smoke alarm

A working smoke alarm is one of the easiest, most cost effective ways to protect your family in the event of a house fire. In fact, a working smoke alarm will increase your chances of surviving a house fire by 74%.

As outlined by the BC Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management’s Smoke Alarm Bulletin, under the British Columbia Fire Code, all dwellings (homes, and all sleeping rooms sometimes referred to as lodging or hotel rooms) are required to be protected by smoke alarms.

Free Smoke Alarm Installation Program

The Surrey Fire Service is committed to ensuring that all of the citizens of Surrey, especially our most vulnerable demographics, are protected by a functioning smoke alarm. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have working smoke alarms in my home?
  • Does my smoke alarm sound when I push the test button?
  • Have I changed my smoke alarm(s) within the last 10 years?

If your answer to any of these questions is "no" and you live in a single-family home, duplex or townhouse, you can ask the Surrey Fire Service to install a free smoke alarm. This device will ensure that you and your family are protected until you can have your existing interconnected hard-wired alarms serviced by a professional electrician. Please complete the electronic submission form at the bottom of the page and a member of the department will be in touch to schedule your smoke alarm installation.

HomeSafe Program

If you are unsure of the status of your smoke alarms, we can help you with that too. Ask the department for a Homesafe Inspection. During the Homesafe Inspection, members of the department will:

  • check your smoke alarms
  • make cooking safety recommendations
  • check for safe use of electrical devices including extension cords and power bars
  • discuss candle, matches and lighter safety
  • go over your home fire escape plan
  • cover a variety of fire and general safety topics

There is no cost for a HomeSafe Inspection. If your smoke alarms are not working, we will install a new alarm for free. At the end of the inspection, we will provide you with a written record of our findings and recommendations. This record is for your use only and does not carry any legal obligations.

Request a Free Smoke Alarm or HomeSafe Inspection

Request for Inspection (Punjabi Version)

Review the following HomeSafe brochures for more information:

Testing Your Smoke Alarms

It is important to routinely test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Ensure your smoke alarms are working by following these best practices:

  • Take a moment once a month and press the test button on your alarm to ensure that it still functioning.
  • If your alarm is battery powered, change the batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall.
  • Every 10 years, replace your smoke alarms with new units. Even hardwired alarms need changing every decade.

Smoke Alarm Recycling Program

Smoke alarms are not eligible for Surrey's curbside recycling program and not all recycling drop-off depots are equipped to accept them.

Find the nearest smoke alarm recycling depot in Surrey at through the ReGeneration website.

Preventing False Fire Alarms

False fire alarm calls keep firefighters from responding to real emergencies and cause residents to ignore or disconnect their alarms. They can also cost you money. We ask everyone in Surrey to take this matter seriously and learn how to reduce false alarms.

Please read the Preventing False Fire Alarms Notice for tips on how to prevent false fire alarms. The notice is also available in Punjabi.

Learn more about False Alarm Fees and appeals.

Never disregard an alarm. If your home has interconnected alarms, the unit triggering the alarm may be in another area of the home. You might not see smoke, but it may be present elsewhere in the home.

Learn more about Fire Inspection Guidelines and general Emergency Preparedness.

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