Watchung Borough Participates in Fire Prevention Month

Fire Prevention Month

Watchung Fire Prevention Bureau

October is Fire Prevention Month In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week. The week commemorates the Great Chicago fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and did most of its damage on October 9. Since then, it’s been observed every year during the week of October 9.

The 2021 Fire Prevention Week Theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”.

The Watchung Fire Prevention Bureau is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“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 Fire Prevention Bureau encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme and “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. 

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.

Free Smoke Alarm!

The Fire Prevention Bureau has partnered with Kidde, WABC Operation 7 Save-A-Life Program and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety to distribute a limited number of 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms to residents in need.

The smoke alarms may be picked up from the Fire Prevention office during normal business hours. The name, address and phone number of the resident receiving the smoke alarm is required. One smoke alarm per resident please.

Remember to test your smoke alarms monthly, enjoy the Fall Season and Be Fire Safe!

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