October is Fire Prevention Month!

Firefighters respond to a nitric acid leak on Nevada Avenue Monday. / Courtesy Colorado Springs Fire Department

Courtesy Colorado Springs Fire Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The City of Colorado Springs has named October as Fire Prevention Month.

So to promote this year’s National Fire Protection Association campaign called “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”, the Colorado Springs Fire Department wants to share some fire safety tips with the community to keep 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!” said Fire Marshal Brett Lacey. “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.”

Some safety tips are as follows:

  • 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.

CSFD will be hosting a series of “pop-up” safety events in support of this year’s campaign. The first will be hosted on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the YMCA at First & Main.

There will be a free drive-thru smoke alarm distribution to raise awareness about the importance of properly equipping their residences with working smoke alarms. There will also be a fire safety fun zone that will have the El Paso Teller 911 Life Safety Mobile Classroom, fire apparatus, Sparky the Fire Dog, games and prizes.

To participate in the free drive-thru smoke alarm distribution

•            Must be a homeowner

•            Must reside in the city limits of Colorado Springs

•            Only single-station battery-operated alarms will be provided

•            Only 1 smoke alarm per level of home will be provided

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