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Posted on: September 15, 2021

Chief of the Fire Department's Message for Fire Prevention Week

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During Fire Prevention Week in Winnetka (October 3-9, 2021), public, private and parochial students are given fire safety presentations by our firefighters/paramedics. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced this year’s theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family! Make sure everyone in the home understands the difference between the sounds made by smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and how to respond to each. A general guide to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms follows, but learn the specifics of yours by checking the user guide or searching for information about the model and brand online.

SMOKE ALARMS

  • A continued set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out until the area has been determined safe.
  • 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 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.

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