Published on October 5, 2021

Hear a Beep? Get on Your Feet!

Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9, 2021) encourages Canadians to take actions to better educate themselves about fire safety. This year’s campaign focuses on learning the sounds of fire safety. 

Do you know what your alarm is telling you?  

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! Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond. Learn the sounds of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by checking the user guide or search the brand and model online. 

Smoke Alarms 

  • A continued 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. 

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms 

  • A continuous set of four loud beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out. 
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced. 
  • CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it’s time to get a new CO alarm. 
  • 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. 

Importance of Fire Prevention 

Do you know how to safely escape a fire? Mere seconds can make all the difference during a fire. It is important for everyone in the community to pay attention during Fire Prevention Week and make sure that they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.  

Questions 

St. Albert Fire Services is ready to respond to any emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department's dedicated team of professionals save lives and protect properties by responding quickly and effectively to suppress fires and to handle other emergency situations. If you have general inquiries regarding fire prevention, you can reach out to Fire Services at 780-418-6069.


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Last edited: October 5, 2021