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Posted: September 28, 2021

CFES asks residents to learn Sounds of Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week – October 3 to 9

Ahead of Fire Prevention Week, Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services (CFES) encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme – ‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,’ which runs Sunday October 3 to Saturday October 9.

“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 act,” said Murray Robertson, Fire Prevention Coordinator for the City of Cranbrook. “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.”

It is important to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” and share this information with every member of your household:

  • 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.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week, contact Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services at 250-426- 2325.

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

City of Cranbrook

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