Fire Prevention Week
Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, West Plains Fire-Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Chief Tim Bean. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home
The West Plains Fire Department will be hosting activities during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.
If you qualify, you could receive a FREE smoke alarm from the WPFD as well as a free home fire safety survey. Click Here for more info.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in West Plains, please contact the West Plains Fire Department at 417-256-2424 or drop by Headquarters at 302 Jackie D. Garrett Dr. (by the Civic Center).
To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Go visit Sparky for some fun and educational tools to make sure your home is Fire Safe!
Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2015 NFPA