Special to the RTT
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, the Amherstburg Fire Department is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to remind local residents 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.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said fire chief Al Reaume. “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 Amherstburg Fire Department will be hosting open houses at Station 3 (6744 Concession 6 South) Oct. 5, Station 2 (3400 Middle Side Road) Oct. 7 and Station 1 271 Sandwich St. S.) Oct. 8. Open houses run from 5-8 p.m. each night.
The public is invited to come and meet the firefighters and learn more about how to protect your family from fire.
Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.
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.