Fire Prevention Week – October 3rd-9th

Did you know that October 3-9 is #FirePreventionWeek? This year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” and it focuses on ensuring everyone learn the distinct sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.

Knowing the difference can save you, your home and your family. The simple act of testing alarms and making sure everyone in the home is involved can make the difference between safety and tragedy. To learn the sounds of specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.

Other safety tips to keep everyone safe and learn the sounds of the alarms in your home include:
• 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; and
• make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Helpful Resources

  • For safe, fun and free games and activities for kids to play with Sparky the Fire Dog, click here.
  • To learn more about how to stay fire safe in your home, visit the NFPA’s website.
  • Click to download a copy of a Home Escape Plan from the East Selkirk Fire Department.
  • Take a look at the FireSmart Begins at Home Manual for more information on fire prevention tips.