The Spring Bay Village Fire Department and Germantown Hills Fire Protection District teamed up with State Farm and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”. This year’s campaign, held October 3-9, worked to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

“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 Spring Bay Village Fire Department, Germantown Hills Fire Protection District and local State Farm agent Greg Harman encouraged all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme. Harman recently donated a Fire Prevention Week kit to both departments which included posters, promotional items, magnets and children’s activities.

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Harman. “When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action! Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond.”

The Spring Bay and Germantown Hills fire departments both shared the following safety tips to help everyone “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.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit