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National Fire Prevention Week: October 3-9 — Learn The Sounds of Fire Safety

NEW ORLEANS — “National Fire Prevention Week” is October 3-9, 2021, and the City of New Orleans has been steadfast in making fire prevention and awareness a priority when it comes to the safety of our residents and visitors.  The City of New Orleans maintains a Class 1 Fire Protection rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL). Our Class 1 Fire Protection Rating resulted from the evaluation of previous years’ performances ranking the effectiveness and efficiency of three city agencies, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD), New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board and the Orleans Parish Communication District. This achievement for the City of New Orleans allows all, the peace of mind in knowing they are receiving the best possible service when it comes to fire protection. This achievement also benefits residents and businesses in our community through lower fire insurance costs.

In partnership with the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Louisiana State Fire Marshall (LSFM), the NOFD and the City of New Orleans are celebrating National Fire Prevention Week October 3rd-9th.  This year’s theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”, works to educate everyone about the different sounds made by smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms warning us of emergencies or maintenance issues. We need to make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and knows how to respond.

What is your alarm telling you?

Smoke Alarms:

  • A continued set of three loud beeps, means smoke or fire is present. Get out, stay out and call 911.
  • A single “chirp” every 30-60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed
  • Smoke alarms must be changed every ten years
  • Continued chirping after the battery has been changed means the alarm has reached the end of its life span and should be replaced

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

  • A continuous set of four loud beeps, means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Get out, stay out and call 911.
  • A single “chirp” every 30-60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed
  • CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means its time to get a new CO alarm.
  • Continued chirping after the battery has been changed means the alarm has reached the end of its life span and should be replaced

As a Class 1 rated Fire Department, the NOFD promotes fire prevention and awareness year-round. As always, we would like to remind citizens that the safest and most effective way to protect you home and loved ones from a residential fire is by having working smoke alarms. The NOFD WILL PROVIDE AND INSTALL 10YR SMOKE ALARMS FREE OF CHARGE for any Orleans Parish resident in need. Please contact the NOFD at 504-658-4714 or make your request online at https://www.nola.gov/nofd/citizen-services/free-smoke-detector-installation/ if you or anyone you know is in need of this potentially lifesaving service. This year, while supplies last, the NOFD will be giving away Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms. The NOFD will be hosting a Fire Safety table in the lobby of City Hall on Tuesday, October 5th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Residents are welcome to stop by and pick up a free CO alarm or they can call 504-658-4713 to make arrangements to stop by NOFD Headquarters and pick up a CO alarm, while supplies last.

Since 2012 the New Orleans Fire Department has been conducting its “Save Lives, Install Dat” Smoke Detector Installation Program.  With this program uniformed, on-duty NOFD personnel come to your home, assess your fire safety needs and install 10yr Lithium Battery Smoke Detectors (FREE of CHARGE) or replace 9volt batteries in hard-wired smoke detector systems for any Orleans Parish Resident in need.

The NOFD is also proud to be able to offer this same potentially lifesaving service to deaf and hard of hearing members of our community.  The NOFD has incorporated “bed-shaker” and “strobe light” components (that work in conjunction with our 10yr audible alarms) designed specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing.  The NOFD Deaf Citizens Smoke Alarm System is also “FREE OF CHARGE”.  Our only stipulation is that on-duty uniformed NOFD personnel be allowed to perform the installation. We encourage anyone who may know a deaf or hard of hearing citizen in need of this FREE SMOKE ALARM system to contact the NOFD.

Additionally, the NOFD conducts annual commercial occupancy fire inspections year-round, which is the industry standard for maximum safety and risk reduction.  These inspections enable the department to identify hazards and structural deficiencies that jeopardize the safety of our citizens, visitors and firefighters.  Furthermore, all commercial properties should be inspected annually to help maintain our Class 1 Fire Protection Class rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL).  This classification translates into better insurance rates for the community.

There is a direct cost to our community that is associated with fires and reflected in structural and personal property loss; but there is also a significant effect of indirect costs that are reflected in firefighter injuries, reduced property values, tax base, community blight and increased property insurance rates.  The ultimate goal is to maximize the NOFD’s efforts to fulfill its mission “to reduce the loss of life and property.”  The NOFD inspection program helps to meet this goal and is instrumental in saving lives while serving as a prudent method of keeping businesses operating.  It is an effective tool that serves to assure the health, welfare, prosperity, and life safety of the entire city.

To find out more about our Community Outreach and Fire Safety Programs and activities or to request a Deaf Citizens Smoke Alarm System or 10yr Smoke Alarm through our “Save Lives, Install Dat” Smoke Detector Program” please contact the New Orleans Fire Department at 504-658-4714 or visit our website at www.nola.gov/nofd.  To learn more about cooking safety and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.fpw.org as well as the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s webpage at http://lasfm.org.

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