Smoke detectors save lives. If a home fire occurs, a properly installed, fully functioning smoke detector could make all the difference between whether or not a family gets out safely. The CHBA-ER recognizes this, which is why in 2006 we approached Edmonton Fire Rescue with a plan to start a community smoke alarm program similar to programs sponsored in other major Canadian cities. An agreement was reached to jointly participate in a 3 year pilot project. After numerous meetings between Fire Rescue Services, the Union, and sponsors of the program, Edmonton’s Smoke Detector Program was born. The program officially launched in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week in 2007, and continues to run every Spring and Fall.