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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE IS READY FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 3 – 9, 2021


10/07/21
               

For Immediate Release:

October 1, 2021

Contact:

Julie Happy

Community Affairs Manager

Spokane Valley Fire Department

509-892.4155

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE IS READY FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 3 – 9, 2021

PREVENTION WEEK WILL FOCUS ON “LEARNING THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY

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Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA.

Join SVFD on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Nextdoor.com, or YouTube during Fire Prevention Week, October 3 – 9.

“SVFD responds daily to smoke, and CO alarm emergency calls for service,” said Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers. “This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.”

Some quick tips to start practicing now:

  • 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.
  • CO alarms must be replaced between 5-10 years, depending upon the manufacturer.
  • 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.

“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 act!” said Liberty Lake Mayor, Cris Kaminskas. “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.”

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week visit www.fpw.org or spokanevalleyfire.com

 

About Spokane Valley Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) serves a population of 125,000, including the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake and Millwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within the 75-square miles of Spokane County Fire District 1. In 2019, SVFD firefighter crews, including its paramedics and EMTs, responded to more than 18,326 emergency calls.

Established eighty years ago in 1940, SVFD is committed to pursuing excellence and is distinguished as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and by the fire district’s ISO Class 2 rating from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.

Connect with SVFD at: spokanevalleyfire.com. For department news, safety information, and timely updates, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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