Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm.
That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services Division is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 to 10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Harold Engle, assistant chief of Fire Prevention. “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 the latest 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 with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
Call the fire department from outside the home.
The Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services Division will have displays and handouts at the following locations during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”:
North Post Exchange, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.
North Post Commissary, Oct. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.
South Post Exchange, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to noon.
South Post Commissary, Oct. 6, 1 to 3 p.m.
Womack Army Medical Center, All American side, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Soldier Support Center, Main Entrance, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Through these educational displays and handouts, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.
“Fire Is Everyone’s Fight.” Fort Bragg F&ES has also partnered with U.S. Fire Administration to communicate a new campaign message in an effort to reduce property loss, injuries and deaths caused by fires. Fire departments, safety organizations, community groups, schools and the public are encouraged to join to help fight the battle of continuous fire problems across the country.
For more information on this or any other fire prevention topic, contact the Fort Bragg Fire Prevention Office, 432-6727 or visit their website at http://www.bragg.army.mil/directorates/DES/FireEmergencyServices/Pages/FirePrevention.aspx.