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Posted on: October 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] It's Fire Prevention Week - "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety"

DPS PR - Fire Prevention Week (2021)

The Washington County Department of Public Safety is again teaming up with our partners at 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 3rd – 9th, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. 

The Washington County Department of Public Safety encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme. “It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action!” said Glenn Bristol, Washington County Fire Coordinator. “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.” 

Here are some tips to 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 (some maybe less, check the dates on the underside of your detectors).
  • 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 Carbon Monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

The Washington County Department of Public Safety is a proud partner of the American Red Cross ® and their “Sound the Alarm” Home Fire program. If you, or someone you know, is in need of smoke detectors, please email us at [email protected] or call us at (518)747-7520 Ext 6. Interested in learning more or volunteering for the “Sound the Alarm” Home Fire program, visit the Red Cross site at .

Check out the links below and tune in with us through the rest of the month for more info. We’ll be sharing lots of great fire prevention and safety tips and information to help keep you and your family prepared and fire safe!

Washington County is blessed to be served by great Fire Departments and the most dedicated volunteer personnel you’ll find anywhere, check in with your local Fire Department for the events they may be holding this Fire Prevention Week!

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, home fire safety and escape planning, visit

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