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OCFD Preparing for Fire Prevention Week

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Fire Department is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week, by reminding residents about the importance of having working smoke detectors in their home.

A home without smoke detectors is risky business. As the wife of a former firefighter, Jerilyn Holston of Ocean City said she and her husband do not skip a beat when it comes to keeping up with their alarms.

 "He knows; he's been in places where they didn't have smoke alarms, and I think they're very important," Holston said.

Ocean City's Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Whittington said the devices are critical.

"A smoke alarm can save your life," Whittington said. "Such a small device, with a nine-volt battery in it or one that's hardwired into your home system, can truly save your life."

The Ocean City Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, which starts Oct. 4 and ends Oct.10.

This year's campaign is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep." The purpose is to stress the importance of the having working smoke alarms in key parts of your home.

"We want to make sure that folks have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom," Whittington said. 

According to the NFPA,  three out of five people involved in house fires die because their home was not equipped with smoke detectors or a working smoke alarm.

Holston said knowing people lose their lives, because they did not have fire alarms, is sad to hear.

"It's an awful thing," Holston said. "It's a small device; it's not very expensive."

"Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep," said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley in a statement.

Smoke alarms should be replaced if they are 10-years-old or if they are not working properly. 

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