October 2016 hosts 2 significant awareness weeks:
Fire Prevention Week 9 – 15 October 2016
Stats show that on average fire kills 8 people each week in Canada. Residential fires account for 73% of these fatalities. Simple carelessness causes most residential fires.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TESTING AND CLEANING
Test your smoke alarm every month and make sure to clean it every 6 months. Put it on your calendar so that you won’t forget. Here are a couple of things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:
Make sure power is transmitting to the alarm and that it activates in the presence of smoke.
Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
Test all of your alarms regularly, even if the alarms have lights that indicate they are getting power.
Battery-operated smoke alarms warn you when batteries need replacing. Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries are not in it or it’s plug disconnected.
The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
To clean the alarm, gently open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it. Frequently, the alarm sounds while cleaning the unit.
Waste Reduction Week 17 – 23 October 2016
Since 2001 a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups, including RCBC organize National Waste Reduction Week in Canada. These groups are from each of the 13 participating provinces and territories across Canada.
This year, we challenge you to reduce your ecological footprint through organized actions and activities. Or, come up with your own, unique, creative ways to reduce waste. Share your ideas with us through the hashtag #WRW2016 and proclaim your commitment to making a difference!
Celebrate both these events at our Cloverdale Regional Recycling Bottle Depot with a FREE Pancake Breakfast! To join the Breakfast, bring your smoke alarms and lights to us for recycling! You’ll also earn a chance to win a $250 visa gift card!