To save the lives of residents and protect their homes and businesses, it is vital to understand the sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.
Committed to serving the community, Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.”
This year’s campaign, October 3-9, works to educate everyone about simple, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“For Fire Prevention Week, we want residents to take the time to learn what the sounds of their alarms mean and how to respond to them,” said Chief Greg Bunting. “Making sure these alarms are working properly and understanding if an alarm’s battery is low or the whole system needs to be replaced, can save lives.”
To help the community “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company wants to share the following safety tips:
- If you hear a continuous set of loud beeps — three beeps for smoke alarms, four beeps for carbon monoxide — 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 and tested monthly.
- 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 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
To keep Delaware Township and the surrounding communities protected, it is vital that Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company keeps its volunteer base at a healthy number.
“Volunteers are always needed to keep our all-volunteer fire company operating,” said Chief Bunting. “If you are interested in becoming a firefighter or junior firefighter we will train you and provide you with gear.”
To learn more about volunteering at Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company, visit SergeantsvilleFirefighters.org.