The Portage Fire Department is currently running its S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarm For Every) Family program . Firefighter LP Nadeau says everyone requires a smoke detector in their homes. He says the program is focused on a particular demographic.

"It's older adults home with young children, new Manitobans, people with disability, or low-income family," says Nadeau. "Basically, we're trying to make sure that everybody gets a fire alarm in their house. The program is only allowing a maximum of two per household."

He explains that you can apply for the units at a link on the Portage la Prairie city website, or you can use their Facebook page.

"They just fill out the application," continues Nadeau. "Deadline for submission will be Friday, March 1st. Give your name, the address, phone number, and email address. And the best way to apply for this will be to use the website."

Nadeau notes current smoke alarms all have a 10-year service life. A smoke alarm in your home increases your chance of survival by 50 per cent. He says houses are built in such a way that the building materials and appliances allow for fire to grow rapidly.

"A minute is usually the maximum time you have to get out of your house," adds Nadeau. 

If you have any questions, you can call the fire hall at (204) 239-8340, and submissions can also be taken over the phone.