This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. There are many sounds that a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm can make, including beeps and chirps. The sounds are telling you to act. Beeping or a loud alarm sound means smoke or fire – get out, alert emergency services, and stay out. Chirps are often battery-related. Test devices monthly, change batteries yearly and replace devices every 10 years. Be familiar with the sounds your devices make. For additional tips, visit our Fire Protection Program page or email us at