October National Fire Prevention Month
“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention campaign, works to better educate people about the sounds smoke alarms make, what they mean, and how to respond.
Almost three out of five U.S. home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to operate. Missing or non-functional power sources, including missing or disconnected batteries, dead batteries, and disconnected hardwired alarms or other AC power issues, are the most common factors when smoke alarms fail to operate.
The following safety tips are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to help “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 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
For more information, the NFPA website offers materials for schools and community organizations to use to educate the public about the importance of fire safety. Sparky offers lots of fun activities to do as a family, as well.
In addition, California will soon require all public school students ages 12 to 17 who are participating in in-person instruction to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, pending FDA approval. In concert with universal masking and consistent testing, the vaccine is our biggest defense against the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. As we continue to learn more about how this requirement will be implemented, we will continue to keep you informed. In the meantime, everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine is encouraged to get one as soon as possible. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and how to schedule an appointment, visit covid19.sccgov.org