Brookhaven Fire Department: “Learn the Sounds of Safety” – Daily Leader


Brookhaven Fire Department firefighters teach preschoolers and kindergarten students the importance of fire safety.

This week is Fire Prevention Week, but BFD is using October to make sure kids know what to do in the event of a fire, smoke, or carbon monoxide. Some groups will visit the department and firefighters will visit other schools.

The theme for 2021 is “Learn the Sounds of Safety” and focuses on educating children and adults about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and the sounds that save lives.

For example, a single beep from a carbon monoxide alarm every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and should be replaced. If a smoke detector beeps in a continuous series of three loud beeps, it means smoke or fire. Get out, call 911 and stay outside.

Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, batteries should be replaced annually, and the entire detector should be replaced every 10 years.

Brookhaven Fire Department Chief Jeff Ainsworth said he was working to install more smoke detectors in his department, which could then be offered free to residences without them.

“Then people can call us if they don’t have them, just fill out a bit of paperwork and we’ll come and install them,” he said. “We have installed some in the past, then came back later and were told the alarms had alerted the occupants in the event of a fire. They work.”

There have been 58 fire deaths in Mississippi so far in 2021. In 34 of those cases, no smoke detectors were working.

“A working smoke detector halves your risk of dying in a fire,” State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said. “Not having one or more placed throughout the house is simply unacceptable. “

“I would say they probably lowered your risk more than that,” Ainsworth said. “They definitely save lives.”

Anyone with a gas appliance – stove, water heater or even rarely used logs – should have a carbon monoxide detector somewhere in the house, the chef said.

“As for the CO, you can’t smell it. The first signs are a headache or nausea, and by that point you’ve got a good part of yourself, ”Ainsworth said. “If you run anything with gas – and it needs to be vented – over time, the vents will get clogged and that CO will come back into the house.” “

Brookhaven firefighters now have testers on the trucks that allow them to test for the presence of carbon monoxide.

“Just have (the detectors) in the house,” Ainsworth said. “They are very sensitive.

The state fire marshal’s office also recommends that each family develop an escape plan that includes two exits and practice it often. Make sure children and those who need extra help have someone to help them escape, and set up a spot away from the house so everyone can meet in the event of a fire.


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