Fire Prevention Week
Ventura Fire Department firefighters are looking to give video shoutouts to Ventura families who start the conversation of fire safety with loved ones.
During Fire Prevention Week, happening October 3-9, 2021, download a coloring activity sheet (English, Spanish), share a photo of your family completing the sheet on social media, tag or direct message @venturacityfire (Facebook, Instagram) and be entered for the chance to win a video shoutout from a Ventura firefighter.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to help residents understand the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. When an alarm beeps or chirps, you must take action.
“Working smoke alarms are proven to save lives by giving people the crucial extra seconds needed to evacuate,” said Fire Marshal Joe Morelli. “Change batteries when needed, practice your home escape plan often, ensure everyone in your home understands how to quickly respond if an alarm sounds, and talk about fire prevention with your family before an emergency.”
From 2012 to 2016, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that nearly three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.
The Ventura Fire Department shares the following safety tips to help you learn the sounds of fire safety:
- A continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out. Download the Ready Ventura County Emergency Preparedness Guide here.
- A single chirp every 30-60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
- 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. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
- Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those who are hard of hearing, or have other sensory or physical disabilities. Strobe light, low frequency, and bed shaker alarms are other options to consider.
To learn more about VFD's community education efforts, please contact Emily Graves, Community Outreach Specialist with the Ventura Fire Department, at email@example.com.