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Fire Prevention Week: Better understanding the sounds of safety in your home

Learning more about the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can make
smoke alarm
Smoke alarms will remind you when to change batteries.

Pay attention to those beeps.

That’s the message from the Delta Fire Department and the theme of this year’s Fire and Prevention Week that runs from Oct. 3 to 9.

‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety’ works to educate everyone about simple, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“We get a lot of calls from citizens saying my smoke alarm or my carbon monoxide alarm is making an alarm and what should I do? Then when they describe what it is doing, it’s not alarming, it’s notifying you that (batteries) need to be placed,” explained Delta Deputy fire Chief Dave Wood. “When you here a beep then nothing then a beep later, that means the difference between the alarm and the battery telling you that I need to be replaced. I think it’s an educational thing and there needs to be an awareness.”

Wood added people just need to understand more about their in-house alarms.

Tips include:

- 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.

-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.

- All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

“(National Fire Protection Association’s) motto is ‘hear a beep get on your feet.’ Hear a chirp then make a change. If it’s alarming get out. If it’s chirping, it’s wake-up I’m here, I need some help and I need to be fed (a new battery).”

For the second straight year, COVID-19 has resulted in Delta Fire adjusting its promoting of Fire Prevention Week. It will rely mainly on a social media campaign and information material that will be distributed through local elementary schools.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit