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Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 3-9; Check Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The Irving Fire Department reminds residents that Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 3-9. Here are several tips residents can follow throughout the year to keep families and homes safe. 

Hear a chirp? Residents should check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure the safety devices are working effectively. 

SMOKE ALARMS

  • Three loud beeps mean there is smoke or a fire. Get out of the house, and stay out. 
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds: Change the smoke alarm batteries. 
  • Chirping after batteries are replaced means the smoke alarm is at the end of its life. Replace units every 10 years.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

  • A continuous set of four beeps means that carbon monoxide is present in the home. Go outside, and call 911.
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds: Change the carbon monoxide alarm batteries. 
  • Chirping after batteries are replaced means the carbon monoxide alarm is at the end of its life. Replace units every 10 years.

Make sure alarms are installed on every level of the home, including outside sleeping areas and inside every bedroom. 

Remember: “Hear a beep, get on your feet!” and “Hear a chirp, make a change!”

Visit NFPA.org/FPW for information and fire prevention tips from the National Fire Protection Association. 

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