A report earlier this year by Underwriter Laboratories in Illinois shows that once a smoke detector sounds the alarm, people have about three minutes to escape their home should a fire break out. That is, if you live in a newer home.
If you live in a home in Calgary built earlier than 1980 or so, you have at least 17 minutes to get out after the first shrill alert from a smoke detector in the home.
Why Such Extremes
October is Fire Prevention Month and Calgarians need to be incredibly aware of fire hazards in the home. They need to be extremely diligent with working smoke detectors and they need a plant to get themselves out in case of a fire.
One of the hazards, unfortunately, are the materials with which new homes are constructed and the…