Estevan Fire and Rescue Services spent just one night checking smoke alarms in the community during Fire Prevention Week this year.
Local firefighters went to 32 homes on Fourth Street and Fifth Street between Souris Avenue South and Second Avenue. Chief Ron Tocker said a training session, fire calls and bad weather prevented the firefighters from visiting more residences.
Thirteen of the homes that the firefighters visited had a sufficient number of smoke alarms in the right places.
Four more had a new monitoring system, which allowed the firefighters to share the value of a homeowner knowing the security code for the system, so that firefighters aren't called out to a false alarm.
Seven homes they visited needed one new smoke alarm. Three more needed two alarms. Three others needed new batteries. One residence didn't have any smoke alarms, and one person didn't allow the firefighters to enter.
"I'm very glad to see that the highest number is always everything's okay," said Tocker.
He said it's normal to have one residence that doesn't have any fire detection equipment. The person who lacked smoke alarms did allow the firefighters to install them.
"The majority of people are taking early fire detection very seriously, making sure that their alarms are in the right spot, that they're working and that the batteries are good," said Tocker.
Firefighters have been to all the homes in Estevan at least once since the smoke alarm program started more than a decade ago, and they have been to some twice. They decided it was time to return to Fourth Street and Fifth Street this year.
They wanted to visit more homes this year, but Tocker said that they needed to respond to the fire calls.
Even though they didn't visit many homes this year, Tocker expects the program will continue next year. The firefighters love it, the majority of people that they visit appreciate it, and they receive a significant amount of donations from businesses to purchase the alarms.