This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The Raleigh Fire Department wants to help you better understand the reasons alarms may go off and provides the know-how to address them effectively. The campaign also addresses special considerations for the deaf and hard of hearing, along with information about carbon monoxide alarms. Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, runs from Oct. 3 until Oct. 9.
Working smoke alarms save lives. Here is some information about smoke alarms to help keep you safe:
- 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; and,
- 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 Alarms
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are designed to help keep you safe from the silent killer, the colorless, odorless poisonous gas. Here is some information to keep you safe:
- A continuous set of four loud beeps — beep, beep, beep, beep — means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 911 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; and,
- 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
This year the Raleigh Fire Department plans to bring the Fire Prevention Week topic to communities across the City. Your local fire department crew might show up at your house to help you understand the sounds of fire safety. We will also offer home safety checks and install smoke alarms if you need them. For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms please visit raleighnc.gov/fire.