Fire Prevention Week is observed during the week in which October 9th falls and was first proclaimed in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. Knowing the right time to change the batteries in your smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) detector can save your life!
What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?
There are smoke detectors and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke detector sounds. Other items such a pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke detector can be purchased and installed. For more information on this topic, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.
Is there a beep or chirp coming from your smoke or CO detector?
A chirping alarm ( one chirp every 30-60 seconds) means the battery needs to be replaced. If the detector continues to chirp after you’ve replaced the battery, then it’s time to replace your detector!
Did you know, smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years!
What do the beeps/chirps mean?
Three (3) loud beeps means it has detected smoke or fire.
Four (4) loud beeps means it has detected carbon monoxide.
If you hear beeping- get out to safety and call 911!
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week visit firepreventionweek.org or the National Fire Protection Association website.