Hear the beep where you sleep
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Maitland Fire Rescue, along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 through 10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
• If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
• Call the fire department from outside the home.
Your Maitland Fire Rescue Department will be providing educational activities during Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Programs will be provided at public and private schools and preschools throughout Maitland and at the Maitland Public Library.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Maitland, please contact Fire Marshal Dennis Marshall a 407-539-6228 or Fire Administration at 407-539-6226.
To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s website at firepreventionweek.org and sparky.org/fpw.
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