October is fire prevention month! St. John the Baptist Parish is reminding residents and businesses to check for hazards that could lead to fires. This year's campaign, "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With," is designed to educate people on the importance of smoke alarms and encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to update and maintain their home smoke alarms. "A new set of batteries is a small price to pay for your family's safety. I encourage each of you to make sure that your smoke alarms are in good working order," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Consider placing alarms along your escape path to assist in getting out with limited visibility conditions. Batteries should be replaced yearly and the smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.
Each fire department in St. John the Baptist Parish took time to educate the community about fire prevention and fire safety by visiting schools throughout the month, educating children on fire safety, performing firefighter demonstrations, and hosting presentations for children and adults at community centers. Parish President Robottom said, "I applaud the efforts of our firefighters in leading the charge for education and fire prevention."
Although this month is dedicated to fire prevention, the public is welcome to contact any fire department in St. John Parish to set up fire prevention demonstrations for groups throughout the year.