Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Alarms This Weekend

This weekend, we set our clocks back one hour.  The

Washington State Fire Marshal's Office reminds residents that this is
also a great time to check that smoke alarms are operating properly.
 
 
According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working
smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in
half.
 
 
*       Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, in the
hallways outside the bedrooms, and on every floor of the home,
including basements.
 
*       Check the manufacture date stamped on the smoke alarm.  If
more than 10 years old, replace the smoke alarm with a new one.
 
*       For smoke alarms that have replaceable batteries, change the
batteries out with new ones.
 
*       Smoke alarms with non-replaceable, 10-year batteries have been
designed to remain effective for up to 10 years.
 
*       Test smoke alarms by pressing the test button.  Make sure
everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and how to
respond if it goes off.
 
*       Rental housing must also have working smoke alarms.  Contact
your landlord or property manager if your rental home does not have
smoke alarms installed.  Maintenance and testing smoke alarms is the
responsibility of the tenant.
 

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