Fire Prevention Week

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the Owatonna Fire Department reminds residents to 

“Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”

Fire Prevention Week 2021. Is it a beep or chirp coming from your alarms? Opens in new window(October 1, 2021) – The Owatonna Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” This year’s campaign, October 3-9th,  works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

“What do the sounds mean? 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,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. 

Here are safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”:

    A continuous 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.

    Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit

 Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, © NFPA 2021