Fire Prevention Week - October 3-9, 2021

Nelson, BC:  The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Fire Departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Weekfor more than 90 years - to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. This year’s campaign, October 3-9th, works to educate everyone about simple, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Gord Ihlen, RDCK Fire Prevention Officer. “Make sure everyone in your home understands the different sounds of the alarms and 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.”

RDCK Fire Departments encourage all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme and to follow these safety tips to “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 carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in the RDCK, please contact your local Fire Department at For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit

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