Did you know:
Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. Aging smoke alarms are unreliable and often are the source of nuisance alarms.
“Borrowing” a smoke alarm battery can be deadly. Removing a smoke alarm battery for another use takes away its lifesaving benefits and puts your family at risk.
Fire drills aren’t just for schools— practice your escape at home too. Develop an escape plan with two ways out of every room, then practice so everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
Saturday, November 6, Lake Stevens firefighters will be in the Machias Mobile Park community from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (calls permitting) to install smoke alarms for those who may need new ones or who do not currently have working alarms in their home.
The alarms were provided by the Snohomish County Fire Prevention Association as part of a “Smoke Alarm Saturday” event that will take place around the county on the same day.
Smoke alarms save lives by providing the early warning needed to escape in a fire.
“Smoke alarms detect and alarm people to fire in its early stages, giving people the time needed to escape safely,” says Robert Marshall, President of the Snohomish County Fire Prevention Association and Fire Marshal at Lake Stevens Fire. “That’s why it’s so important for every home to have working smoke alarms.”
In addition to smoke alarm installations, firefighters will be at Jay’s Market in downtown Lake Stevens and at Haggen Food & Pharmacy on Friday, Nov. 5 to remind people of the upcoming time change, which will happen on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m.
This time change marks not only the beginning of daylight saving-time, it also marks the time of year when you are encouraged to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms. Batteries should be checked in smoke alarms at least twice a year.
The “fall back” and “spring forward” time changes are great reminders of changes and checks that need to happen twice a year: clocks and batteries.