Sunday, March 10 at 2am is the official time to “spring forward” an hour. Many people choose to set them forward Saturday evening before going to bed. Lake Stevens Fire will be at Haggen and Jay’s Market on Friday, March 8 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. with reminders to change your clocks, check your batteries, and practice your escape plan.
Remember, smoke alarms save lives. Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Test your alarms monthly to be sure they work properly. Typically, 9-volt batteries should be checked once per month and changed once per year, while ten-year lithium batteries just need to be tested on a monthly basis to ensure they are working properly. To easily remember how old your lithium batteries are, mark the date of installment with a permanent marker.
This is also a great time to practice your fire escape plan. Make sure to get the family together, and if you haven’t already, plan your escape. Draw out the floor plan of your home, identify two ways out of every room, establish a meeting place outside, and practice it twice a year. Make sure that every family member knows how to get out of every room and knows where your family meeting place is located.
Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, “Fire can spread quickly in as little as three minutes. In an emergency the tendency is to panic. This is why it’s so important to have a fire escape plan.”