Fire prevention week
Learn the sounds of fire safety!
October 3 to 9 is Fire Prevention Week. It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.
Here are some things to know about the sounds of fire safety:
- A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
- A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
- All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
- Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
Make sure to have a working smoke alarm in all areas of the home. Smoke alarms detect and alert us to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Remember to test your alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year.
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