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Fire Prevention Week: “Hear the Beep where you Sleep!”

Contact: Brad Crisp, Fire Marshal |

Working smoke alarms are proven to make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: "Hear the Beep where you Sleep!"

The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

“When there is an emergency, and specifically a fire emergency, every second counts," said Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell. “A working smoke alarm may give you those precious few seconds you need to survive.”

The WFD is hosting a number of activities (see attached schedule​) during Fire Prevention Week to promote "Hear the Beep where you Sleep." Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

Also, please download this link for a brief video featuring a local mother who lost her son in a home fire and is speaking on the importance of smoke alarms:

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Wichita, please contact the WFD at 268-4441, visit or find the WFD on Facebook. You can also visit NFPA’s website at

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