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, Ringing Hill 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 to make sure residents’ have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms because they save lives,” said Ringing Hill’s Assistant Chief Derek Dry.
To help the community “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” Ringing Hill 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.
“If you want to do more, consider volunteering with us and joining our team,” said Dry. “We are always looking to train new members to help answer calls.”
Ringing Hill Fire Company is seeking volunteer firefighters, junior firefighter, fire police and auxiliary members. The fire company also provides all training and gear. To express interest in volunteering, visit https://joinringinghill.org/ and fill out an inquiry form on the Contact Us page.