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Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

By: Lana Stevanovic, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Training Coordinator 


kids with fire hatsAs Fire Prevention Week approaches, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue would like to remind residents to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

St. Petersburg is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for over 90 years. This year’s campaign, October 3-9th,  works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. They should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Having working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire. You may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely in a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme and would like to share smoke alarm safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps (beep, beep, beep) from your smoke alarms means there is smoke or fire nearby. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out!
  • A single chirp from your smoke alarm 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 smoke alarm is at the end of its life and 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.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button in the alarm.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue will be celebrating this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign virtually on the department’s Facebook page. We encourage residents to follow St. Petersburg Fire Rescue on Facebook and share the fire safety messages and videos to promote fire safety in our community.

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