GAHANNA, Ohio – The Mifflin Township Division of Fire is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The campaign runs October 3-9 and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise, you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond,” says Mifflin Fire Chief Frederick Kauser. “To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box or search the brand and model online.”
Mifflin Township Division of Fire wants to share safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety:”
· A continuous set of three loud beeps smoke or fire. Get out, call 911 and stay out.
· A single chirp every 30 to 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.
· All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
· Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit www.fpw.org.