Media Release 21-29: Fire Prevention Week Oct 3-9, 2021

For Immediate Release
Minden, ON.
September 29, 2021
8:30 AM
Release #21-29

SUBJECT: Fire Prevention Week Oct 3-9, 2021.

Minden Hills – Fire Prevention week is coming soon. Oct 3rd to 9th, 2021 is Fire Prevention week.  This year the message is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” 

The Minden Hills Fire Department would like you to Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety. This year’s campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

HEAR A BEEP – GET ON YOUR FEET, go outside and call 911.

HEAR A CHIRP – MAKE A CHANGE, this means the battery needs to be replaced or the detector needs to be replaced.  Replace detectors and alarms every 10 years. If you don’t remember the date, just replace it.

What is your alarm telling you?

SMOKE ALARMS

  • A continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, 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.
  • 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—beep, beep, beep, beep—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.

Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of everyone in your home, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Some tips:
✔ 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.
✔ 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.

For more information, visit www.mindenhills.ca

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Contact Information:
Shain Duda, Deputy Fire Chief
Township of Minden Hills Fire Department
PO Box 359, 12418 Hwy 35
Minden, ON K0M 2K0
sduda@mindenhills.ca
705-286-1202 or 705-286-1260 ext. 561