In an effort to better educate communities about smoke alarm recommendations, the National Fire Protection Association is promoting “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Oct. 3 through Oct. 9.


In an effort to better educate communities about smoke alarm recommendations, the National Fire Protection Association is promoting “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, which Delaware  is supporting on a local level. NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for 88 years.

“Many homes in Delaware may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working,” said Bill Tobin, President of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Fire departments throughout Delaware will be hosting activities during October to promote the program and to help Delaware residents understand NFPA’s smoke alarm recommendations.

The Delaware State Fire School offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound. If an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they’re 10 years old, or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested. Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Delaware, call the Delaware State Fire School at 739-4773.

To learn more about “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!,” visit NFPA’s website at www. firepreventionweek.org.