The Sounds of Fire Safety

“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,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA.
State Farm agents are teaming up with their local fire departments or elementary schools to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week from Oct 3 – 9, 2021.  The campaign works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.
State Farm agents are now delivering “Sounds of Fire Safety” and “Sparky the Dog” fire safety kits to thousands of fire departments or elementary schools across the country. The “Sounds of Fire Safety” toolkit includes 1 large Banner, 15 Posters, and 100 of each: adult fire safety brochures, kids’ activity booklets, newsletters, stickers, magnets, and bags. The “Sparky the Dog” kits includes a large stuffed dog, an extra-large educator book, lesson plans and books for preschool – second grade children to take home.
State Farm agents are also sharing the following safety tips to help everyone 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.
For more information on fire prevention week and general fire safety information, visit

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