The Oak Ridge Fire Department (ORFD) would like to remind everyone that October 4th  through the 10th is National Fire Prevention Week and every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.

In an effort to better educate the public about this “sleepy” smoke alarm requirement, NFPA – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – today announced “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, 2015. 

According to national statistics, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half (50%). These facts underscore the extreme importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.  “Because fires can happen when people are sleeping, having working smoke alarms in bedrooms is a critical element of home fire safety,” says Chief Daryl Kerley.

ORFD has a smoke alarm program, which provides and installs smoke alarms in homes free of charge. If you need smoke alarms installed or inspected in your home call Donna Satterfield at (865) 425-3520 to schedule a visit from the fire department.   Smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in a fire by alerting people in time to escape safely, but they need to be installed in all the required locations, including all bedrooms, and they need to be working.


In addition to Smoke Alarms, ORFD wants everyone to remember the ABC’s of Home Fire Safety:

A   Alarm…  You must have working Smoke Alarms in all sleeping and living areas of your home in order to alert you in case of a FIRE

B   Be prepared… You must have an escape plan with two (2) ways out of your home and PRACTICE IT!       EDITH…      Exit Drills In The Home     Saves Lives

C   Close the Door…   You need to close the door to slow the spread of smoke and fire.  Best practice is to sleep with your bedroom door closed.  When you exit your bedroom or home, close the door behind you to slow down the fire spread.

For additional information or media demonstrations of fire safety, contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department (865) 425-3520.