News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 7, 2021
Learn the sounds of fire safety now

The Castine Fire Rescue Department announces its annual Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” according to a press release. The campaign seeks to educate community members about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Smoke detector sounds

What do the smoke detector sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference, as well as the tips below, can save you, your home and your family.

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 alarms must be replaced after 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 CO (carbon monoxide) alarms meet the needs of all of your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Fall safety checklist

Clocks will be adjusted on Sunday, November 7, the end of Daylight Saving Time. When adjusting clocks, remember to also change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors! Working smoke alarms give people early warning of a fire, which provides extra time to escape safely, but they can’t do their job if the batteries don’t work. Be sure to test all the smoke alarms in your home. And, if smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, the National Fire Protection Association suggests that you replace them.

Now is also a good time to plan for chimney, furnace and wood stove cleaning and to make sure arrangements have been made to have driveways staked and snow plowed regularly so that fire apparatus can access your home in an emergency, according to the release.

Castine Fire Rescue Department also strongly encourages community members to ensure their house numbers are clearly visible from the road during all weather conditions and seasons. It is best to have a reflective property sign clearly posted. For those living on private roads, check to ensure that the road is properly marked with a reflective road sign. These steps will help first responders get to you quickly during an emergency!

For more information, visit the Castine Fire and Rescue Department at or on Facebook.