Fire Prevention Week Published Oct. 1, 2015 By Senior Airman Jeremy McLaurin 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- As we all know and have heard, Fire Prevention Week is right around the corner! This year, the creative members of the McConnell Fire Department have decided to advertise smoke detectors under the theme "Hear The Beep Where You Sleep." We hope to enlighten a base-wide audience about the use and importance of these devices. In this article, you learn and find extremely useful knowledge about this device. The McConnell Fire Department hopes to have you on board to help spread the word! Smoke alarms play a key part in saving lives. For instance, due to the spread of smoke during a fire, the use of a working smoke alarm gives you the upper hand and time to get out, minimizing the chances of injury or death. While the detector has the ability to be a powerful tool, your knowledge of how to use it, where to place and how to maintain it is very important. When installing smoke alarms, it is best to install one in every room, to include sleeping areas and the basement. Smoke alarms should also be placed at ceiling level or highly mounted on walls. You want to void installing smoke alarms in the kitchen area, or at least place the device 10 feet from the stove to prevent false alarms. Utilizing interconnected smoke alarms allows all devices to sound at one time when one has detected smoke. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the button until you hear it sound. Last but not least, plan your escape. Have everyone gather together to draw an escape plan formulating two escape routes from every room. Also, set up a meeting area where everyone will gather and wait safely. Remember, it's all about safety and minimizing a loss of life and/or property. "Hear The Beep Where You Sleep!" If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact any Fire Prevention member at (316) 759-3902. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read and spread the news about Fire Prevention week.