The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting an Open House Saturday, Oct. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Avenue. All activities will be outside, weather permitting. The event commemorates Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” 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.
The members of the Fire Department encourage everyone to stop by the Open House, talk with the firefighters and learn about fire safety. Several exhibitions will be held throughout the day including:
- Fire extinguisher demonstrations
- Special rescue operations
- Live burn/sprinkler demonstration. The purpose of the burn is to demonstrate how effective residential sprinklers can be in combating residential house fires.
- Activities for children
Refreshments will be available and many informational displays will also be presented on department programs and general safety concerns.
The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years. The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
The St. Charles 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!” said Chad Tinsley, Fire Lieutenant. “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 St. Charles 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.
- 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.
For more information about the Open House, call the Fire Department at 630.377.4458. For more about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.fpw.org.