Learning the Sounds of Fire Safety
Fire Prevention Week for 2021 aims to educate about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Understanding the sounds of your alarms can help you to recognize danger and take appropriate action to keep you and your family safe.
The Sounds of Smoke Alarms
A continued set of three loud beeps means there is smoke or a fire. If you hear this noise, you should immediately exit your home and dial 9-1-1. If the battery on your smoke alarm is low, they will make a single chirp every 30-60 seconds. If you hear this chirp, replace the batteries in your alarms as soon as possible. If this chirp persists after the batteries have been changed, this indicates that your alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Fire Safety Alarms, Devices and Safety Tips for Physical Disabilities
If you or someone in your home has a physical disability, you should ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet their needs.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
– Install a bedside alarm 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.
– Use a pillow or bed shaker alarm
-Use devices with strobe lights to alert people of smoke alarm sounds
– 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 ensure all occupants can exit safely
The Sounds of Carbon Monoxide Alarms
A continuous set of four loud beeps indicates that carbon monoxide is present in your home. If you hear four beeps, you should exit your home immediately and call 9-1-1. If you hear a single chirp every 30-60 seconds, the batteries in your alarm must be replaced. If the chip continues after the batteries in the alarm have been replace, this indicates that the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced. Carbon Monoxide Alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer which also indicate the alarm needs to be replaced.
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