Come on down to the Sweetwater County Fire Deparment at 430 Blair Avenue for the open house!
SWEETWATER COUNTY – Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, The Sweetwater County Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Mike Bournazian, Sweetwater County Fire Warden. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home.
Open House-Saturday, October 3rd from 11am to 2pm-
The Sweetwater County Fire Department will be hosting a “Kick Off to Fire Prevention Week, Open House” for the residents of Sweetwater County. The Open House will have apparatus and firefighters from all of the Fire Departments within Sweetwater County along with Special Guests who will be serving hot dogs and drinks on Saturday, October 3rd starting at 11am until 2pm. The Sweetwater County Fire Department is located at 430 W. Blair Ave. in Rock Springs. Come by and get free information on fire safety, meet your local fire fighters from your neighborhoods and check out all the fire trucks and a special fire safety trailer for the kids.
This event will kick off the start of Fire Prevention Week and the various Fire Department activities at the local schools and fire stations throughout Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and Green River in support of Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities within Sweetwater County, please contact your local Fire Department for more information. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.
Special “Thank You” to the Sweetwater County Commissioners for supporting this great event!