Fire prevention and safety for your home

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Learn the sounds of fire safety as the theme for Fire Prevention week 2021.

This year’s theme grew out of the increased attention of alarm notifications being heard in the background of people’s homes during remote learning and work hours. Recognizing the different sounds alarms make and the action needed based on that sound is critical to preventing injury and death from fire.

Urgent messages for “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” include:

• When a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm sounds, respond immediately by exiting the home as quickly as possible.

• If your alarm begins to chirp, it may mean that the batteries are running low and need to be replaced. If the alarm continues to chirp after the batteries are replaced or more than ten years old, it is time to replace the alarm.

What does fire safety mean? Fire safety refers to planning and infrastructure design to reduce the risk of fire or impede fire spread when one does break out.

Fire safety encompasses the use of fire-resistant building materials, preventative action, safe work practices and more.

“They should be changed every six months, so basically when we’re changing our clocks, it’s a perfect time to look at doing that, so when we’re doing springtime change and fall time change, it’s a perfect time to check your smoke detector and change the batteries in it,” said deputy chief operation Clayton Rutberg.

“A lot of our smoke alarms are a combination of smoke and co. Still, there’s different alarms for smoke than they are with carbon monoxide, so learning what (each) sounds make will have the appropriate response (time),” added Rutberg.

Your local fire code often requires fire safety plans, especially for specific buildings and occupancy rates. Check with your jurisdiction, municipality, or even your local fire department for further information.

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Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News

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