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Sandy Fire Department hopes families 'hear the beep' where they sleep

Fire Prevention Week event to focus on smoke alarms

The Sandy Fire District will hold an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in honor of Fire Prevention Week and to remind residents to “Hear the beep where you sleep.”

For the 2015 Fire Prevention Week, held Oct. 4-10, Sandy Fire is coordinating with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level on the home, including the basement. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A Sandy firefighter replaces a smoke alarm, something the district is advocating during 2015 Fire Prevention Week.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Sandy Fire Chief Phil Schneider. “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 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 without working smoke alarms.

Sandy Fire personnel invite families to an open house from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the district’s main station, 17460 Bruns Ave.

Visitors can meet Sandy firefighters, watch an extrication demonstration and get their photo taken with the fire engines. There also will be educational material promoting Fire Prevention Week’s message available.

Staff at Sandy Fire hope an educational, family-oriented open house activity will help emphasize the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Learn more about smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week on NFPA’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

Help prevent fire disasters

Sandy Fire and NFPA suggest going through these steps to help keep your family safe:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Connect all smoke alarms throughout the home so when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.
  • Make sure every family member knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do when they hear it.
  • If a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Families should go to their designated outside meeting place.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

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