This week is Fire Prevention Week. Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to decrease casualties caused by fires.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871 and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Know the difference can save you, your home, and your family.
Puget Sound Fire encourages all residents to learn the sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or chirping sound—you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands and can hear 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.
Here are some safety tips 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. Smoke alarms last for 10 years and then need replacing.
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms should be replaced per manufactures instructions.