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Town Talk: ‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™’

The New Ulm Fire Department is teaming up with 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 which runs October 3-9th, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

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. 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 a few safety 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.

• 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 all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Here at the New Ulm Fire Department, our Fire Prevention Week activities include Safe Escape House presentations for 4th & 5th grade students on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, school visits and alarm drills on Oct, 5 and 6, and an Open House at the Fire Station on Wednesday, Oct, 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. We invite everyone to attend the Open House to tour the station, see the firetrucks and meet the firefighters.

To find out more about our Fire Prevention Week activities please contact our office at 507-359-8225. For general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit www.fpw.org.

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