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SAFB Fire Emergency Services reminds residents: Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm

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, Schriever Air Force Base Fire Emergency Services are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 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 Brad Truver, Schriever assistant chief of fire prevention. "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 escape."

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 Schriever Fire Department has a variety of activities scheduled during Fire Prevention Week. Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

There will be fire safety information displays set up throughout the week at locations around the base including the portals, the Satellite Dish Dining Facility and the Missile Defense Agency building. 

In a joint effort with the Ellicott Fire Department, there will be a presentation for the Ellicott Elementary School children at 9 a.m. Oct. 5.  A fire safety educational video will be shown and the famous "Sparky" the fire dog will be there showing children the "stop, drop and roll" technique. 

Schriever Fire Department members will also be visiting the Child Development Center at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8 showing off their fire truck and "Sparky" will be there to interact with the children.

The Tiera Vista Community Center will be hosting an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9.  The event includes free food, Sparky visit, giveaways, handouts and educational videos.  The Schriever fire department will have their fire trucks and equipment on display to give the public an opportunity to ask questions about the firefighter's job.  They will also have the interactive fire safety trailer set up for residents to learn about home fire hazards, kitchen fires and emergency escape procedures for family members.   

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities at Schriever, contact the Schriever Fire Department at 567-3370.  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 and
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