October is Fire Prevention Month: Tips from Athens Fire and Rescue

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October is Fire Prevention Month: Tips from Athens Fire and Rescue

It is that time of year again!

"October is Fire Prevention Month," said Athens Fire Marshal Lance West, "so, we just want to give you some information on Fire safety in the home."

Let's find out what your smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide alarms are telling you.

SMOKE ALARMS

• A continued 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.
• 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.

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARMS

• A continuous set of four loud beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out.
• A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.
• CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it’s time to get a new CO alarm.
• 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 CO alarms meet the needs of everyone in your home,
including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Watch for members of Athens Fire/Rescue in the community this month.

"Hopefully, in the month of October, we will be going to the Elementary Schools for a fire prevention puppet show," Chief West said.
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