Hear a beep, beep, beep get on your feet! Hear a chirp, chirp, chirp make a change! Is there a beep or a chirp coming from your smoke alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your family and your home.

Each year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) celebrates National Fire Safety Month in October. The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2021 “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” works to educate the public about the different sounds smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make.

Students at Unity Elementary School will have hands-on safety lessons from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 22. Lincoln County firefighters and Sparky the Dog will demonstrate the sound of a smoke detector and that if a firefighter wearing proper equipment, as well as how a fire engine puts out fires.

Lincoln County EMS Director and Fire Chief Doug Campbell said every family should have an escape plan in case of a fire, in addition to knowing the sound a smoke alarm makes.

“As soon as you hear that beep, beep, beep, get outside and stay outside,” Campbell said. “Don’t go back into a burning home!” The Fire Chief said smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan, while working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get out early.

According to NRPA, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Here’s what you need to know:

• A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.

• Smoke alarms should be interconnected, so when one sounds, they all sound.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button. If the smoke alarm is battery operated, replace the batteries annually, and replace all smoke alarms every 10 years.

• A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen and at least 10 feet from the stove to reduce false alarms.

• Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities and the elderly.

• People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

For more information about fire safety, how to establish a escape plan for your family, go to the NFPA website. Information is available to print for quick reference.