This week marks Fire Prevention Week across Canada and the Gravenhurst Fire Department wants you to know the sounds of fire safety. And those sounds of fire safety come from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Knowing the sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make is very important as it can make a difference in what your actions will be. Whether the alarm sounds a “beep” or a “chirping” sound, you must know what to do. Children to adults must know what the sounds mean so the appropriate actions take place. The difference could mean life or death.
‘Read the User Guide’ on your detector, as the more you know, the safer you will be. Several steady, consecutive “beeps” usually means the alarm is giving an alert to a fire/smoke situation and immediate action should be taken. A “chirping” sound every 30 seconds or so, usually means a dead battery that should be changed immediately. Dead batteries have been found to be a cause of unfortunate deaths in many fires. Take a few minutes as well to vacuum, dust the alarms and keep them in good working order. After changing the batteries be sure to test the alarms. Keep in mind that if the alarms are 7-10 years old, replace them.
For Gravenhurst residents in need of smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please do not go without. Contact the Gravenhurst Fire Department and we will provide them free of charge.
For additional information, please visit www.Gravenhurst.ca/fire or call 705-687-3414.
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