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2021 Fire Safety Week Theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”

Contact: Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz, Wichita Fire Department |

The Wichita 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 will be held during Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

"It's important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action!" said Wichita Fire Department Chief Tammy Snow. "Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer's instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online."

"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.

The Wichita Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.

Wichita Bravest wants to share safety tips to help Wichita residents "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.

The Wichita Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety", including

  • October 2 – Safety Fair, Home Depot West
  • October 4 – Mobile Prevention Experience, Trinity & Christa McAuliffe Academy
  • October 5 – Visiting Senior Citizen Center
  • October 6 – North YMCA
  • October 7 – Naftger Park Safety Event (6 – 8 p.m.)
  • October 8 – Fire Station presents Sound Off Program
  • October 9 – Visit your neighborhood fire station

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Wichita please follow the Wichita Fire Department on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit

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