The Faribault Fire Department will have an Open House at the Fire Station, 122 2nd Street NW, on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  The event is from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst will give us more details on the KDHL AM Minnesota Program Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

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Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 3, 2021 through Saturday, October 9, 2021.

The theme this year is, "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."

National Fire Protection Association Fire Prevention Week Slide. From FPA Website
National Fire Protection Association Fire Prevention Week Slide. From FPA Website

Activities at the Faribault Fire Station will include:

  • Meet Sparky the Fire Dog
  • Free Fire Hats for Kids
  • Free Smoke Detectors
  • Spray Fire Hose
  • Thermal Imager Demos
  • Kids Agility Course
  • Take Photos in front of the Fire Trucks

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 95 years.

According to the latest NFPA "Smoke Alarms in the U.S." report working smoke alarms in the home reduce the risk of dying in a reported fire by more than half.  Almost three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms (41 percent) or smoke alarms that failed to operate (16 percent); missing or non-functional power sources, including missing or disconnected batteries, dead batteries, and disconnected hardwired alarms or other AC power issues.  Those are the most common factors when smoke alarms fail to operate according to the report.

Officials report people tend to remove smoke alarm batteries or dismantle alarms when the alarm begins to chirp due to low battery status or the alarm is not working properly.

The NFPA states, "This year's Fire Prevention Week theme, 'Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,'  helps people better understand the reasons smoke alarms may sound and provides the know-how to effectively address them.  The campaign also addresses special considerations for the deaf and hard of hearing, along with information about carbon monoxide alarms."

Faribault Fire Station View from South Viewing North. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Faribault Fire Station View from South Viewing North. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

According to the NFPA key messages for "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety" include:

  • When a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm sounds, respond immediately by exiting the home as quickly as possible.
  • If your alarm begins to chirp, it may mean that the batteries  are running low and need to be replaced.  If the alarm continues to chirp after the batteries are replaced, or the alarm is more than 10 years old, it is time to replace the alarm.
  • Test all smoke and CO alarms monthly.  Press the test button to make sure the alarm is working.
  • If there is someone in your household who is deaf or hard of hearing, install bed shaker and strobe light alarms that will alert the person to fire.
  • Know the difference between the sound of a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm.  Three beeps for smoke alarms, four beeps for carbon monoxide alarms.

You can get more information on the Fire Prevention Week website.

Faribault Fire Chief Vehicle. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Faribault Fire Chief Vehicle. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

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