Fire Prevention Week Day 1: 'Smoke alarms save lives'

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- It's National Fire Prevention Week, and members of the Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative are kicking it off with a simple message: Smoke alarms save lives.Officials say an average of 30 Oregonians lose their lives to fire each year. They also say many of the fire fatalities can be prevented by making sure smoke alarms are present and working throughout your home.There are a few things you can check to ensure your home is safer when it comes to fire:Install working smoke alarms near each sleeping area on every level of your home.

  • Clean and test your smoke alarm monthly.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries annually. The best time to change batteries is when you change to daylight savings time in the fall.
  • Replace your smoke alarm if it is 10 years or older.

For more information, you can contact your local fire department for tips and ideas.For Fire Prevention Week, fire prevention co-op will be hosting an event at Home Depot. It runs Tuesday, October 8 through Thursday, October 10.It starts each day at 9:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm.Fire officials are asking everyone to come by and check out emergency equipment and meet some local firefighting staff.