News release

The Milton 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 Safety.

This year’s campaign, Oct. 3-9, works 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 Milton Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“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 Peter Gatto, Fire Chief, Milton Fire Department. “Make sure everyone in your 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.”

The Milton Fire Department wants to share these safety tips to help you 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

There are smoke alarms and devices designed to alert people who are deaf or hard-of- hearing. The devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds in addition to pillow or bed shakers. Learn more about fire safety for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Stay tuned the week of Oct. 3-9 for fire safety videos on the Milton Fire Department’s Twitter feed. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit

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