10/3-10/9: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week

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(October 1, 2021 - Blue Ash)

From October 3 -9, the City of Blue Ash and the Blue Ash Fire Department will be participating in Fire Prevention Week by sharing educational social media posts.

The theme this year is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” with the goal of educating the public about the different sounds that come from smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The two main concepts to know, according to the National Fire Protection Association:

  1. “Hear a Beep, Get on Your Feet! Get out and stay out! Call 9-1-1 from outside.”
  2. “Hear a Chirp, Make a Change! A chirping alarm needs attention. Replace the batteries or the entire unit if it’s over 10 years old. If you don’t remember how old the unit is, replace it!”

WHAT IS YOUR ALARM TELLING YOU?

SMOKE ALARMS

  • A continued 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.

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARMS

  • A continuous set of four loud beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—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 replaced.
  • CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it’s time to get a new CO alarm.
  • 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.

The Fire Department Open House also occurs during Fire Prevention Week. Learn more about this family fun event here.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week and the National Fire Protection Association, click here.