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Fire Department Reminds Residents to Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Morgantown Fire Department 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 Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” This year’s campaign runs from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Captain Ken Tennant, Fire Marshal for the Morgantown Fire Department. “When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.”
The following safety tips can help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”:
- A continuous 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.
- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
The Morgantown Fire Department will distribute fire prevention education materials to Monongalia County Schools and area private schools K-5.?Unfortunately, the annual puppet show at University High School is canceled again this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
“Hopefully by next year, 2022, the puppet shows will finally return,” said Fireman First Class Andrew Dotson, Deputy Fire Marshal and Public Education Coordinator for the Morgantown Fire Department.?