Debbi Winogracki Director of Media & Public Relations
National Fire Prevention Week
Week of October 3rd-October 9th
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP- This week is National Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign focuses on educating people on the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from risk of home fires.
Berkeley Township Fire Official Brian Kubiel said, “The week of October 3rd-October 9th is National Fire Prevention Week and now is a great opportunity to remind our residents about the importance of Fire Safety.” The theme this year is “Learn the sounds of Fire Safety.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it is extremely important to educate everyone about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make, and knowing what to do when the alarm sounds, will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must act.
Beeping = emergency. Get out!
Chirping = change the batteries or alarms.
Mayor Carmen Amato stated, “Our Berkeley Township Fire Departments encourage all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme and I hope these reminders will keep everyone safe.”
- Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as two minutes to escape safely.
- Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside the sleeping area (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement).
- Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathroom.
- CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 911, and let the professionals check your home.
- For best protection, use a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with a 10-year battery backup.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.