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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 Emergency Management





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 Safety”

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps – beep, beep, beep – means smoke or fire. Get out, Call 9-1-1 and Stay Out!
  • 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 replaced.
  • Make sure your smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.


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 structure.


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!












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