Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That\u2019s the message behind this year\u2019s Fire Prevention Week campaign, \u201cHear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!\u201d The Shelton Fire Department, consisting of members of Echo Hose, Huntington, Pine Rock Park, and White Hills volunteer fire companies are currently involved in various fire safety activities that will continue through October. This includes visiting all preschools and schools where firefighters will present fire safety lessons for children aging from preschool through Grade 6. These programs are part of an effort to reduce the chances of residents being injured or killed by fire in addition to preserving property. Together with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Shelton Fire Department is working to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. \u201cIn a fire, seconds count,\u201d said Ted Pisciotta, Assistant Chief \u2013 fire Prevention. \u201cHalf of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.\u201d According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In conjunction with making every effort to prevent a fire from ever happening, be prepared by maintaining working smoke alarms throughout the entire home. Follow these tips for making sure smoke alarms are in place and working properly: \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don\u2019t respond properly. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0If an alarm \u201cchirps,\u201d warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they\u2019re 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested. \u00b7\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Never remove or disable a smoke alarm. Chief Pisciotta is encouraging businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout the city to visit the Fire Prevention Bureau web site, which may be found by clicking on \u201cPublic Safety\u201d at www.cityofshelton.org.