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From left to right: Matt Jackson, firefighter for the town of Marquette; Sally Howe, member of the agent team at Kara Applekamp State Farm; and City Firefighter Pete Windsor hold a Fire Prevention Week banner. (Photo submitted)

MARQUETTE – The City of Marquette Fire Department encourages residents to “Learn the sounds of fire safety” for Fire Prevention Week 2021.

The fire department partners with the National Fire Protection Association, which has sponsored the Fire Prevention Week campaign for over 90 years.

This year’s campaign kicks off Saturday with a static parade on Bluff Street in Marquette at 11am. The traditional parade will start at 12:30 p.m.

The MCFD reminds residents to be careful of everyone’s environment and to use social distancing due to COVID-19.

Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, a traditional time for the Marquette City Fire Department to promote many types of fire safety awareness.

This year is devoted to learning the sounds of security alarms.

“It is important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm sounds – a beep or a chirp – you must take action ”, said Town of Marquette Battalion Commander Jeff Haile.

“Make sure everyone in the house understands the sounds of the alarms and knows what to do with them. To find the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box or search for the make and model online.

The Marquette City Fire Department shares these safety tips:

≤ A continuous set of three loud beeps – beep, beep, beep – means smoke or fire. Get out, call 911 and stay outside.

≤ A single beep every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and needs to be changed.

≤ All smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years.

The continuous beep after the battery is replaced means that the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

≤ Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all members of your family, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Employees of Kara Applekamp State Farm will join the parade as a regular sponsor. The agency makes donations each year in the form of thematic fire safety kits. The kits are shared by local student groups.

“We think this is an important cause”, said licensed insurance agent Sally Howe.

“Fires are a major cause of loss, so we want to do everything we can to educate people about their cause. “

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org.

Katie Segula can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. His email address is [email protected]

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