The La Broquerie Fire Department attended to two false alarms over the weekend related to problems with heat detectors in attached garages. Fire Chief Alain Nadeau says these heat sensors are now required by the building code and are very valuable in alerting people to a fire. But he adds some of them have had problems with condensation in recent days.
"They build up moisture and then they set off the alarms in the whole house. What we did there was we unscrewed them a little bit and then they drip dry and then we set them back up the next day or so."
Nadeau says one of their crew is a full time firefighter in Winnipeg and they have seen this same scenario there.
"These are good. I'm glad it's code now because it lets you know if there's a fire in the garage and it will wake you up. But right now, with a little bit of moisture in the garage, they fill up with water and they get set off."
He adds they will monitor the situation and if these false alarms become too frequent, they will call the manufacturer to see if something can be done to.