Fire Safety Week Message from Lewis County Office of
Fire and Emergency Management
Published: October 06, 2021
at 02:30 p.m.
By: Message from Lewis County Office of Fire and
FIRE SAFETY WEEK: OCTOBER 3-9,
This year’s theme for Fire Safety Week is “Learn the
Sounds of Fire Safety”.
As we enter Fire Safety Week, please remember to check
your smoke detectors. If you have battery-operated smoke detectors
please consider replacing that unit with a 10 year sealed unit. Additionally know the difference of the
sound of your Carbon monoxide detector.
Here are some tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire
- A continuous set of three loud beeps – beep, beep, beep – means
smoke or fire. Get out, Call 9-1-1 and Stay
- 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 (some maybe
less, check the dates on the underside of your detectors).
- Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced
means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be
- Make sure your smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms meet the needs
of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical
Know two ways out and drill the evacuation of your home,
this can be a good weekend or home school activity that will also
facilitate fire safety discussions.
If you have a Fire Extinguisher, check the gauge on it,
if you don’t have one consider getting one for your home and make sure
everyone knows where it is and how to use it. *** Tip*** Don’t know
what to get a parent or new homeowner for the holidays, consider buying
them a fire extinguisher.
If you are one of the many in the area that burn wood to
keep your home warm in the winter, please clean your chimney and have it
inspected. Burn only seasoned wood
to prevent unnecessary creosote buildup in your stove pipes and
chimney. When cleaning the ash pan
of your wood stove, regardless of how long the fire has been out use only a
steel ash bucket and have a safe place to dump the ashes far away from a
Lewis County fire departments are 100% volunteer, none
of the responders are paid. These are your friends and neighbors that
answer the call when the siren sounds. Each one has dedicated hundreds of
hours of training to assist your communities in the
time of need. If you have ever considered serving your community in the
fire service, please contact the local fire department they will be happy
to sit down with you.
Thanks, and be safe!