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.
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 districts 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 Weeks 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 years Fire Prevention Week on NFPAs website at firepreventionweek.org.
Help prevent fire disasters
Sandy Fire and NFPA suggest going through these steps to help keep your family safe: