Sources: Indiana Department of Homeland Security & National Fire Protection Association
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Knowing how to respond to the sounds of different alarms can make the difference between life and death, so remember: Hear a Beep, Get On Your Feet!
The Sounds of Fire Safety – Learn The Sounds
- 3 beeps and a pause: A smoke alarm is sounding and you need to get outside, call 911 and stay outside.
- 4 beeps and a pause: A carbon monoxide alarm is sounding and you need to get outside, call 911 and stay outside. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can poison you before you understand what is happening.
- 1 chirp every 30–60 seconds: An alarm’s battery is low and needs to be changed.
- If the alarm continues to chirp after the battery is replaced, then the alarm is at the end of its life and needs to be replaced.
Listen to the Sounds – Select the sounds below to hear them:
- Smoke alarm beeping : There is smoke or fire.
- Carbon monoxide alarm beeping : There is a dangerous level of carbon monoxide present.
- Alarm chirp : The battery is low and needs replaced.
- Combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm with voice command : The alarm’s voice may say “Fire!” or “Warning: Carbon Monoxide!” after the beeps to alert you to the danger