MAYNARD — Fire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department urge all residents to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” and to follow these basic tips to help protect their loved ones ahead of Fire Prevention Week, which is being recognized this year from Oct. 3 to 9.
Fire Prevention Week is organized by the National Fire Protection Association, and has been recognized for over 90 years. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to educate the public about simple but important ways they can keep themselves and those they live with safe.
This year’s theme of “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” focuses on beeps, chirps and other noises coming from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and how knowing what they mean could save your life.
The Maynard Fire Department urges everyone to recognize these common sounds to help you and your family better understand smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- 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.
Additionally, the department will be participating in Maynardfest, which is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Firefighters will be stationed outside Emerson Family Medicine, 21 Main St., to share safety tips and fire prevention informational materials. There also will be a safety trailer that will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of smoke detectors.
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, or to speak to your local firefighters about steps you can take to protect your family, contact the department at 978- 897-1014.
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