Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety Fire Prevention Week – October 3 to 9, 2021
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. This Fire Prevention Week, it’s time to listen carefully for the sounds in your home to give you the time you need, when you need it most.
“When an alarm makes a beeping or a chirping sound, it is important to know what action to take,” said Fire Chief Layne Jackson. “Our communities are safer, and the death rate decreases, when residents have the tools and knowledge to respond to alarms in their home.”
Each year, Fire Prevention Week is dedicated to fire safety education to build awareness and encourage residents of all ages about many simple, but essential actions, they can take to keep themselves and their families fire safe.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme ‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety’ draws attention to the importance of the different sounds made by smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. On October 9, residents are invited to take five minutes and join Regina Fire and Protective Services on a city-wide initiative to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
To test your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, press the test button and listen for a continued set of three loud beeps. A single “chirp” every 30 or 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. Carbon monoxide alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer.
This year’s campaign also addresses special considerations for the deaf and hard of hearing. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to install devices that include strobe lights to alert them when the alarm sounds.