Sept. 27, 2021
Pensacola Fire Department Participating in Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3-9
As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Pensacola Fire Department reminds residents to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”
The Pensacola Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” This year’s campaign, October 3-9, 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.
The Pensacola Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“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,” Fire Marshal Annie Bloxson said. “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.”
The Pensacola Fire Department wants to share safety tips to help you “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.
The Pensacola Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety," including a drive-thru Public Safety Day Oct. 2, 2021 at the Community Maritime Park, where PFD will distribute Fire Prevention Week goodie bags during the Soul Bowl.
PFD will also provide public education on fire safety including smoke alarms at local city community centers after school programs on Oct. 1, 2021.
Prizes will also be available for select individuals who participate in Pensacola Fire Department's "Chalk One Up to Fire Safety!" contest. To participate:
- Create a chalk drawing with a fire safety message.
- Take a photo of your fire safety chalk message/artwork.
- Email the photo to Fireprevention@cityofpensacola.com between Sept. 28 and Oct. 2.
- Winners will be chosen during Fire Prevention Week and notified when and where to pick up prizes.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and free smoke alarm installations, please contact the Pensacola Fire Department at 850-436-5200 or Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-4376. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org.