WATCH: Langley City firefighters use Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ to educate about smoke alarms

VANCOUVER – The Langley City Fire Rescue Service has released another video to educate people about the importance of fire safety.

This year the theme is ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month’, set to Pharrell’s Happy.

“The videos came out as a way to get a message out to elementary children,” said Rory Thompson, Chief of the Langley City Fire Rescue Service.

The department’s administrative assistant came up with the idea for the video, with her niece singing the song.

“At first people were nervous about looking a bit silly,” said Thompson, “but if we were good at singing and dancing, the video wouldn’t be as good.”

This is not the first time the group has put together a video like this. Last year, their video set to Beyonce’s Put a Ring On It – changed to Put a Lid On It – generated more than 33,000 views. It was about what to do in the event of a kitchen fire.

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Thompson said someone contacted them afterwards, saying they had a kitchen fire and remembered what to do after watching their video.

“I think that’s great,” said Thompson. “It motivates us to carry on doing what we are doing.”

It’s Fire Prevention Week in B.C. and having a working smoke alarm and knowing what to do is so important.

“On average 70 per cent of the fires people attend in B.C. don’t have a working smoke alarm,” said Thompson.

“We know that we can increase survival rates if we can increase awareness.”

He said if a smoke alarm goes off in any building, people should be ready to leave quickly and have a predetermined meeting place outside.

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