The Lee’s Summit Fire Department reminds residents to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™” for Fire Prevention Week
The Lee’s Summit Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” This year’s campaign, October 3-9th, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. “What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family.
The Lee’s Summit Fire Department encourages everyone to learn more about the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.
“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!” said Fire Chief Mike Snider. “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.”
What you need to know to help you “Learn 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.
If your alarms are sounding and you’re not sure if a hazard exists, or if you have questions about your alarms, call the fire department.
In addition to having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, make sure that you have a fire escape plan.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit www.fpw.org, lsfire.net, or go to Lee’s Summit Fire Department’s Facebook page.