Struggling to find that perfect Valentine’s gift this year? The one that shows you really care? Brampton Fire has a low-cost, high-impact suggestion that you can find at your local home improvement store.

Having a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas is not just the law – it’s also the best way you can protect your loved ones in an emergency. Smoke alarms can cost as little as $20 and provide you with the peace of mind that the people you care about most will have a critical early warning in the event of a fire emergency.

Brampton Fire created a video to help promote the message. Forget the same old chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year, nothing saysI love youlike working smoke alarms.

Brampton Fire offers the following tips. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms. Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries every year. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

“Fire moves so fast that you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire, so early warning is of crucial importance for you and your loved ones,” says Fire Chief Bill Boyes. “Only working smoke alarms give you that early warning.”