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Casper Fire teaches sounds of fire safety for Fire Prevention Week

A Casper Fire truck leaves Station 3.
A Casper Fire truck leaves Station 3.(Katie Reed)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 4:25 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Fire Prevention Week began as Fire Prevention Day in 1911 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Since 1922, October has held Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Learning the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

“So, we just want them to be familiar number one with the sound. If the smoke detector’s going off, carbon monoxide detector is going off, we want you to exit your house or facility, wherever you’re at and call 9-1-1 and let us know that there’s a situation,” said Devin Garvin, Deputy Chief of Casper Fire-EMS.

Casper Fire-EMS attended the Casper City Council meeting last night and Mayor Steven K. Freel proclaimed Oct. 3 -9, 2021 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Casper.

Knowing the different sounds alert systems in your home make could save your life. A continuous set of three loud beeps means there is smoke or fire. A chirp every 30 to 60 seconds means it’s time to change the batteries.

Garvin recommends changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year when the time changes.

“Fire’s a tool. It’s not a toy it’s not something that should be played with,” said Garvin.

Casper Fire-EMS has spent the week conducting virtual public education events. The department uses these events to highlight the importance of fire safety, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors to schools. They also remind kids and adults of the importance of bicycle helmets, water safety, and life jackets.

Casper Fire-EMS also emphasized that the fire station is a safe place to come if you need assistance.

National Fire Prevention Week continues through Saturday, Oct. 9.

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