Working smoke alarms could mean free food
If you order a Domino’s Pizza this week, there’s a chance Langford Fire Rescue will be along for the delivery.
Langford’s fire prevention officers are teaming up with Domino’s to give people a chance to win their order for free — they just have to show proof of working smoke alarms and a visible street address.
“When someone orders a pizza we’ll follow the pizza driver in an engine,” said Capt. Chris Aubrey. “We’ll give the homeowner a chance to get their order for free.”
No working alarms means no free pizza, but fire officers will make an appointment to install working smoke alarms for free. The effort is part of national fire prevention week.
Firefighters in an engine will join the pizza run from Tuesday until Friday, likely in the early evening, and when they aren’t on emergency calls. “I think it will be fun. There are quite a few volunteer firefighters excited about it,” Aubrey said. “This is the first year we’ve done this, and we hope to make it annual. We hope it’s a successful event.”
John Earl, owner of Domino’s in Langford, said the store will pay for one free order per day. It’s the first time the company’s has sponsored the event in Western Canada.
“It’s one per night, but we’ll see how it goes,” Earl said. “We don’t want to tie up fire trucks too much.”
The pizza run is an extension of Langford Fire Rescue’s ongoing program to install working smoke alarms in homes for free.
“Smoke alarms are the first line of defense and the best line of defense to alert a family in the event of a fire and provide enough time to get out,” Aubrey said. “A smoke alarm is the single most important tool to protect families from fire.”
Aubrey said firefighters still find many homes in the city without working smoke alarms, often because batteries are dead or the wiring is disabled.
“A large number of alarms are disabled due to false alarms,” he said. “We can come by and find a better spot (in your house).”
Aubrey also noted a visible street address is a necessary condition to win the free food. A house with poor lighting runs the risk of getting cold pizza. For emergency responders, lost time looking for an address could mean life or death.
“In your worst moment, dealing with a heart attack or a fire, you don’t want to be delayed because of the address.”