Milton Fire Department reminds residents to Learn the sounds of Fire Safety

By: Laura Steiner

Milton Fire Department (MFD) is reminding residents of the sounds of Fire Safety.  The department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week  from October 3-9.

This year’s theme is:  Learn the Sounds of safety.  “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,”  Milton Fire Department Chief Peter Gatto said.

Different sounds have different meanings.  ” 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,” Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA added

The Milton Fire Department is sharing the following tips to Learn the sounds of fire:

  • An uninterrupted set of 3 loud beep-beep-beep means smoke.  Residents are advised to get out, and call 9-1-1 and get out
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds indicates the battery should be changed
  • If the chirping sound continues after the battery is replace it means the alarm needs to be replaced
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years
  • Make sure the smoke and CO alarms meet your family’s needs (there are smoke alarms designed for those who are hard of hearing for deaf)

For more information on Fire Prevention week, visit their website.  Watch the Milton Fire Department Twitter feed for more tips throughout the week.  For more information on Fire Prevention Week visit their website