Fire Prevention Month: "Don't Wait - Check the Date"

October 6, 2016

October is National Fire Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait - Check the Date.” The Oak Ridge Fire Department is working to spread that message by putting firefighters in classrooms to teach students about prevention.

Once students return from fall break, the Oak Ridge Fire Prevention Office will have teams visiting schools to explain why this simple reminder about fire prevention is so important. Those programs are mostly scheduled between October 17th and 21st.

“We are calling on all citizens to help us celebrate this month by checking the date on their smoke alarms,” Oak Ridge Fire Marshal Travis Solomon said.

Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. The date of manufacture should be located on the bottom of the alarm. If you find that your alarm is 10 or more years old, you can call the Oak Ridge Fire Department at (865) 425-3520 and they will schedule a free smoke alarm installation.

Remember to check your alarms monthly. If you need assistance checking your smoke alarm or have any questions, please feel free to call our office.

Don’t wait, check the date.