McCord’s Fire Department Reminds Cherokee County Residents: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.
Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!
McCord’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, September 30, 2015 – 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!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, McCord’s Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 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.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Chief Rich Lindsey. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
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.
McCord’ Fire Department has teamed up with Alfa Insurance, Webb Concrete, and Centre Walmart to provide in-home smoke alarm inspections for residents of McCord’s Fire Department’s jurisdiction. The service will be provided to interested residents at no cost. The department will schedule a time and come out and perform an inspection to determine if your home has the appropriate number of smoke detectors,if the detectors are in the correct locations, and if they are working properly. The department will, at the homeowner’s request, install detectors where they are needed.
McCord’s Fire Department will be concluding the week with an open house. The open house will begin at 11:00 a.m. There will be a fire prevention presentation at noon which will focus on this year’s theme:“Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” That will be followed by a presentation on the departments new ISO rating and how it may impact your homeowner’s insurance. Finally, bingo will begin at 1:00 p.m. The department will sell BBQ throughout the event.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, or request an in home smoke alarm inspection, please contact the Chief Lindseyby phone at 256-484-1229 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.