Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm; that's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm."
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Fire and Emergency Services are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to remind both residents and employees about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home.
The Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Fire and Emergency Services Departments will have informational static displays throughout the week at both installations during Fire Prevention Week. Additionally, the Fire and Emergency Services Department partnered with the Family Morale Welfare and Recreation this year and will be present at the Oktoberfest event on Oct. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. where there will be fire engines and other fire prevention goodies. Fun and educational games for the kids and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand as well to promote “hear the beep where you sleep. every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents and employees can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.
For more information, call (301) 619-6000 or (301) 619-6029. To learn more about smoke alarms and “hear the beep where you sleep every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm,” visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.