BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local fire departments in the U.S. are reminding homeowners to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors during National Fire Prevention Week.
St. George Fire Protection District shared the types of sounds homeowners should pay attention to when it comes to fire safety, including:
- A continuously repeating set of three loud beeps – beep, beep, beep – means smoke or fire. Get out and stay out; call 9-1-1.
- A continuously repeating set of four loud beeps from a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm – beep, beep, beep, beep – means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Open windows and doors on your way out, get out and stay out, and call 9-1-1.
- A single chirp every 30 to 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.
- A chirping sound that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
St. George Fire said these lifesaving devices work for 10 to 12 years at a time. If you need a new smoke detector, a firefighter can come to install or replace your battery-powered devices.