Owatonna Fire Department News

 Owatonna Fire Department Reminds Owatonna Residents:
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

OWATONNA – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, Owatonna Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

The Owatonna Fire Department will be hosting an open house and chili feed at the start of Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!”  Through education materials and demonstrations at the open house, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Owatonna, please contact the Owatonna Fire Department at 507.444.2454. To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives”, visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.


NFPA launches free app for Fire Prevention Week  

September 18, 2014 - Help Sparky the Fire Dog® solve a mystery in Sparky & The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms! When Sparky and his pals stop by Aunt Dottie's house, they spot a strange character sneaking away with a big bag. Who is he and what was in the bag? Children and parents will love to read along and solve the mystery while learning key fire-safety messages. Includes ideas for educators about how to incorporate the app in the classroom and help kids learn about fire safety while practicing literacy and math skills. This app includes activities driven by the Common Core state standards.  Read more...