CHATHAM – The Chatham Fire Department is hosting an open house at the new fire station at 135 Depot Rd. on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 4 pm. in support of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 to 15. The event will include fun activities, demonstrations and take-home information for all ages.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” The National Fire Protection Association says that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Lack of awareness is a concern for the fire department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Fire officials he fire also says smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
For more information on smoke alarms, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.