The B.A.C.’s chief health officer has defended the need for smoke detectors after a report found the province has the highest number of smoke detectors in Canada.
“I’m not going to go into the details of what they do, but they’re there in every home,” said Dr. Sarah Wells.
“I think the point is, you don’t have to be able to smell anything or see anything to know if your home has a smoke detector.
So, if you’re going to have a smoke alarm, make sure it’s functional.”
The report, released Thursday, said that while there are approximately 1,200 smoke detectors installed in B.B.C., they’re not always functioning properly.
“In some neighbourhoods, we’re not seeing the level of activity that we’re seeing in other neighbourhoods,” Wells said.
The report also said that despite a shortage of smoke alarms, B.L.C.-based SmokeDawg Inc. is offering free service at its smoke detectors and a free sample of its B.I.
C-licensed smoke detector cartridges for the next six months.
“We know there are challenges in the system, so we’ve been offering this free service, as a way to offer our customers some of our best solutions,” said Mark Smith, SmokeDaggers.
Smith said the company is looking at other ways to get more people to use the service, including advertising in the B.K.C.(BC) Sun and B.N.W. newspaper.
But Wells said she understands the company’s frustration.
“You don, in my mind, have to have an alarm that is going to do what it’s supposed to do,” Wells told CBC News.
“What you have to do is not be able, in the same way that you’re not supposed to smell something, you can’t see it.”
But the idea is, if the smoke detector is not working, there’s something wrong with the system.
So that’s the point.
And the system is not perfect, but it’s better than what we have.
“Smith said SmokeDaws smoke detector has been “very well received” by the public.”
People are saying it’s worked really well,” he said.”
It’s just that the system wasn’t perfect.
“The company is also offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for violating the province’s SmokeDAWG law.
Smith said if the person responsible for breaking the law is caught, he would not just be fined, but could also be sentenced to up to four years in prison.