October 3-October 9 is Fire Prevention Week
The Borough of Carlisle is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all its residents and visitors. House fires are a serious safety concern both in Carlisle and nationally. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 2,770 people died in house fires in 2019. To help bring attention to fire safety, Mayor Tim Scott, in conjunction with the NFPA, is declaring Sunday, October 3 through Saturday, October 9 as Fire Prevention Week in the Borough of Carlisle.
The NFPA has sponsored Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. This year’s campaign encourages people to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Smoke alarms are important tools for fire safety, as they can sense the smoke and alert people to the danger in the event of a fire. Working smoke detectors can cut the risk of dying in a house fire in half. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms each emit different sounds and it is important to recognize the difference. Whenever an alarm makes a beeping sound or a chirping sound, residents should be prepared to take action. 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.
The Carlisle Fire Department provided the following general safety tips to help you learn the sounds of fire safety.
- A continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, dial 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 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 NFPA website includes educational resources on alarms for those who are deaf or hard of hearing (https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-for-the-Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing).
During Fire Prevention Week, we will feature safety tips here on our website and on our social media.. You can also find more information about Fire Prevention week and fire prevention in general at www.fpw.org.