September 28, 2015
Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen, 455-0936
Tullahoma Fire Department Reminds Residents:
Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”
Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Tullahoma 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 every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Chief Richard Shasteen. “Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
- If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
- Call the fire department from outside the home.
The Tullahoma Fire Department is promoting Fire Prevention Week at the schools. This is to help promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, students can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. “We ask that parents ask their students if they have heard this message at school,” said Chief Shasteen. “This is a great way to open the discussion to fire safety around your home.”
If you need a free smoke alarm, or have any safety concerns regarding your home and fire prevention, please contact the Tullahoma Fire Department.
To learn more about smoke alarms and “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw.
Call 911 For Emergencies!
The Tullahoma Fire Department relies upon state-of-the-art equipment combined with 33 career personnel and 13 reserve personnel to protect the lives and property of Tullahoma residents.
All full-time firefighters are required to complete forty hours of basic firefighting training through the Tennessee State Fire Training School within the first year of employment. In addition, they may earn journeyman certification through the State of Tennessee Fire Commissioner’s office. Officers are required to complete an additional 128 hours for officer certification. Forty hours of ongoing inservice training are required each year.