Fire Prevention Week: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Friday, October 1, 2021 – Sooke Fire Rescue is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM”. This year’s campaign, October 3-9, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions you can take to keep yourselves and those around you safe.

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” shares Matt Barney, Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Prevention Officer.

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound— take action.” Says DC Barney. “Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds and signals of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn more about the specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms you have in your home, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.”

Sooke Fire Rescue wants to share Safety Tips to help you “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 and carbon monoxide alarms must be replaced at least every 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.

Enter the Contest!

The Office of the Fire Commissioner, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society, BC Burn Fund and Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC are hosting a fire and burn prevention contest, with an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes for students in our community. Details on the contest, including deadlines, rules and prizes, can be found on the Office of the Fire Commissioners’ website at

Follow Sooke Fire Rescue on Facebook for daily Fire Prevention Week posts from October 3-9. For more information on fire prevention in general, feel free to contact Sooke Fire Rescue, or visit

Media Contact:
Matt Barney, Deputy Fire Chief
District of Sooke, Sooke Fire Rescue