National Fire Prevention Week

Berea Firefighter Jared Rigsby checks a smoke alarm to make sure the batteries are working as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 6-12.

Check smoke alarm batteries during National Fire Prevention Week

The Berea Fire Department is reminding citizens to regularly change the batteries in their smoke alarms and to test smoke alarm batteries every month. The National Fire Protection Association notes that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.

To stay safe, the following is recommended:
1. Change the batteries in your home smoke alarms in the fall and spring, or at the very least, change them once every year.
2. Test smoke alarm batteries every month by using the test button.
3. Make sure everyone in the home recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and that they know how to respond.

Knowing how to respond to the sound of the smoke alarm should be part of a household plan to escape in the event of a house fire. The theme for National Fire Prevention Week is “Not every hero wears a cape; Plan and practice your escape.”

Learn more on how to form a household fire escape plan at https://www.NFPA.org/FPW

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