Where's the Beep?: An Initiative in Fire Safety

Fire Safety
Posted at 5:45 PM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 17:45:00-04

Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) -- "Where's the Beep?", is a new campaign asking citizens in the Tallahassee area to check their smoke detectors to help fire prevention.

The campaign coincides with Fire Prevention Week, a national fire safety awareness event.

The City of Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Fire Department, Florida State Fire Marshal's Office and the Red Cross teamed up to create "Where's the Beep?".

The campaign began with an interactive event where students from Rickards High School were put in a smokey simulation home and had to evacuate safely.

The event was held in the Apalachee Ridge neighborhood. According to TFD, that area is most affected by fire-related incident.

In the past year, Apalachee Ridge has experienced 39 fire related incidents.

Officials say that smoke detectors are one of the best ways to prevent a fire from spreading.

"A smoke alarm is going to protect your family twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and that's important because while your sleeping a fire can spread rapidly. In about 2-3 minutes a fire can consume the entire contents of one room", said Lt. Bellamy of Tallahassee Fire Department.

"Where's the Beep?" encourages citizens to regularly check their fire alarms once a month.