Let’s Celebrate Fire Prevention Week! Check those Fire Alarms!!

    This week is Fire Prevention week and this year’s focus is on monthly smoke alarm checks.

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    To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, the Ogden City Fire Department is hosting its 11th annual Open House with demonstrations, tours exhibits, refreshments and lots of fun activities and prizes.

    Join them TOMORROW Wednesday, October 8, from 5 to 7 pm at the
    Francom Public Safety Building located at 2186 Lincoln Avenue.

    This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!”

    Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing the fire equipment in action and meet the men and women who save lives during emergencies. It’s all in good fun and the children who participate learn that the biggest kids of all are the firefighters themselves! Come join the fun and learn valuable life-saving information.

    Carbon Monoxide detectors will be available to purchase for $10 with proof of Ogden residency.

    Just as a refresher, according to Utah’s Department of Public Safety Smoke Alarm Installation should include:

    • Utah law requires smoke alarms be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms to provide a minimum level of protection.
    • For better protection, install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
    • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Wireless battery-operated interconnected smoke alarms are now available.
    • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.
    • Choose a smoke alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
    • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should not be closer than 10 feet to a cooking appliance.

    Battery replacement

    • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries are designed to remain effective for 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

    Testing

    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
    • Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
    • Smoke alarms only last about 10 years. To be on the safe side, change out your old alarms!!

    Or click here to find out more about Smoke Alarms.

    In addition to Fire Prevention Week, Sparky turns 60 this year!!

    NFPA has provided web activities to celebrate.  Please take a look at their DIY Sparky the Fire Dog party kit. This kit is great for teachers, parents and firefighter.

    It has a TON of free resources. Please promote.

    Here are MORE SUPER Games & Activities for Children – CLICK HERE!!

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