Does Your Home Have a Working Smoke Alarm? You Could Be Given Pizza

September 28, 2023

To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, Domino’s Pizza and the Courtenay and Comox fire departments are once again partnering to reward residents who have working smoke alarms in their homes with free pizza.

On Friday, October 13, when Comox and Courtenay residents in single residential homes, duplexes and townhouses call Domino’s Pizza between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., they may find their pizza is delivered with the help of Comox or Courtenay fire fighters.

With the customer’s permission, fire fighters will arrive by fire truck and inspect household smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Those with functioning smoke alarms will get their pizza for free. Households will be chosen at random and as resources are available.

If a smoke alarm requires new batteries, the fire fighters will replace them. For eligible residents without a working smoke alarm, firefighters may arrange for a return visit to install a battery-powered smoke alarm for free.

This is the eighth year the Courtenay Fire Department has partnered with Domino’s Pizza to reward customers with the potential for a free pizza during Fire Prevention Week. Comox Fire Rescue joined the initiative in 2020.

The Domino's Pizza locations participating:

  • 581 Ryan Road, Courtenay, 250-334-3333
  • Comox Mall, 778-431-0222

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8 to 14. This year’s theme is “Cooking safety starts with you. Pay attention to fire prevention.” and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safer when cooking.  

Cook with caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is comFor an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire… Just get out!
  • When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

This important reminder along with the ongoing education on the importance of having a working smoke alarm can and will save lives.

Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may not wake you. Serving as your nose when you are asleep, working smoke alarms can mean the difference between the life and death of loved ones in the event of a fire. Working smoke alarms give you and your family time to get out.

Remember these important fire safety tips:

  • Know two ways out of your house; and when a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarm monthly. Replace the batteries annually.
  • Replacing your smoke alarm every 10 years is recommended.