Grinnell Fire Department
Press Release from Chief Sicard
For release on: 9/29/2015

For more information contact:
Daniel Sicard, Fire Chief
Jed Petersen, Fire Prevention Officer
641-236-2688
djsicard@grinnellpd.com
gfd527@grinnellpd.com


                 The Grinnell Fire Department Reminds Grinnell Area Residents:


     Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!

Grinnell, IA September 29th, 2015 – 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, The Grinnell Fire Department is joining
forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention
Week, October 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 Chief Sicard “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 get out.”

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 Grinnell Fire Department will be hosting its Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast Sunday Oct
4th from 6 AM to Noon. We will also be visiting the schools, preschools, and several businesses
during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom
Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities,
residents can learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every
bedroom.

Due to a donation of smoke detectors from Poweshiek Mutual Insurance the Grinnell Fire
Department has been able to continue its program of installing smoke detectors for any area
residents if needed. The program has been expanded to include one combination Carbon
Monoxide/Smoke detector per household. This was made possible by a generous donation from
the Grinnell Elks Lodge.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Grinnell please contact
the Grinnell Fire Department at 641-236-2688. 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 www.firepreventionweek.org and www.sparky.org/fpw. To learn more about the
Grinnell Fire Department please visit their Web site at www.grinnellfd.com.
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