Fire Prevention Week in Cedar Rapids Iowa

This week is Fire Prevention week and this year’s focus is on monthly smoke alarm checks.


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Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:

  • In each sleeping room.
  • Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
  • On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split-levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.

When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit, the alarm devices shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit.


  •  Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  •  Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
  •  Smoke alarms only last about 10 years. To be on the safe side, change out your old alarms!!
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are required to be on each living level of the home which has a fuel burning appliance. (gas water heater for example or gas stove)

Or click here to find out more about Smoke Alarms.

In addition to Fire Prevention Week, Sparky turns 60 this year!!

NFPA has provided web activities to celebrate.  Please take a look at their DIY Sparky the Fire Dog party kit. This kit is great for teachers, parents and firefighter.

It has a TON of free resources. Please promote.

Here are MORE SUPER Games & Activities for Children – CLICK HERE!!

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