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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, 2021

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention WeekTM is October 3-9 2021. This year’s theme is, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep to stay 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. Make sure everyone in your 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, or search the brand and model online.”

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

  • 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.

If there is a fire, remember:

  • Leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1.
  • If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop, cover & roll to put out the flames.
  • Most fire victims are hurt trying to fight the fire. Leave firefighting to the professionals.

To keep your home safe from fire:

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. If the alarms have regular batteries, change them every time you change the clocks.
  • Consider installing home sprinklers. Sprinklers buy time, and time saves lives.
  • For added protection, and if older adults live alone, consider installing heat-limiting devices like Smart Burners™, or Stove Top Fire Stop in-hood fire extinguishers.

Visit our Home Fire Safety webpage for more information.

The National Fire Protection Association, sponsors of Fire Prevention Week, have resources for firefighters and teachers including lesson plans for different age groups, sample press releases, the logo, and more. 


Additional Resources



Matthew Brennan (978) 567-3381
David DeMarco (978) 567-3388

For communities in alphabetical order from Abington through Mattapoisett.

Christie Clement (978) 567-3386

For communities in alphabetical order from Maynard through Yarmouth.


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Date published: July 6, 2021