Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hosts an annual Fire Prevention Week campaign to educate everyone about staying protected against home fires. This year’s campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” runs from October 3-9 and focuses on educating everyone about different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make.
What is your alarm telling you?
- A continued set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
- A continuous set of four loud beeps means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out.
- A single “chirp” every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
- 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.
What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?
There are smoke alarms and alert devices designed specifically for those that are are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke alarm also can be purchased and installed.
For more information about fire safety, visit www.nfpa.org.