Fire Prevention Week 2021: Learn the sounds of fire safety™

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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) reminds residents to “Learn the sounds of fire safety™.”

Between October 3-9, VFRS is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) to promote this year’s campaign and help citizens learn what steps they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm?” asked Lorraine Carli, Vice-President of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family.

“It’s important to learn the sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Fire Chief David Lind. “When an alarm sounds you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond.”

To learn the different sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions, or search the brand and model online.

VFRS offers the following reminders about alarms:

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps — beep, beep, beep — means smoke or fire. Get out, call 911, 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.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit www.fpw.org or www.vernon.ca/fireprevention.

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