Fire Prevention Week 2021: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!

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It’s Fire Prevention Week! Every year, we observe this week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that killed more than 250 people in 1871. Read on for tips on how to recognize the sounds of fire safety!

The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left thousands homeless, and demolished more than 17,400 structures in its wake. Understanding the sounds of your alarms can help you and your family take action and keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Sounds of Smoke Alarms

A continued set of three loud beeps means there is smoke or a fire. If you hear this noise, you should get out of your home, stay out and call 9-1-1. When the battery is low on your smoke alarms, they will make a single chirp every 30-60 seconds. If you hear a chirp, replace the batteries in your alarms. After replacing the batteries if you still hear a chirp, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. 

The Sounds of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

A continuous set of four loud beeps indicates that carbon monoxide is in your home. If you hear four beeps, you should get out of your home, stay out, and call 9-1-1. If you hear a single chirp every 30-60 seconds, replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms. After replacing the batteries if you still hear a chirp, it means the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to 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.

Fire Safety Alarms, Devices and Safety Tips for Physical Disabilities

If you or someone in your home has a physical disability, you should make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet their needs. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Install a bedside alert device that responds to the sound of the smoke and CO alarms. Use of a low frequency alarm can also wake a sleeping person with mild to severe hearing loss
  • Use a pillow or bed shaker alarm
  • Use devices with strobe lights to alert people of smoke alarm sounds
  • Sleep with your mobility device, glasses, and phone close to your bed
  • Keep pathways like hallways lit with night lights and free from clutter to make sure everyone can get out safely

Are you interested in learning more about Fire Prevention Week and what you can do to educate others about fire safety? Visit the NFPA’s website!

You can never be too cautious when it comes to preventing fires in your home, office, or workplace! Whether you own a home or a business, make sure you’re properly covered by talking to your independent agent today!

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This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide.

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