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Change your clocks, check your batteries and practice your escape plan


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Firefighter Jon Dudder changes the battery in a smoke alarm.

Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. is the official time in which your clocks will need 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 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with reminders to change your clocks, check your batteries, and practice your escape plan.

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!

Remember, smoke alarms save lives. According to national statistics, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes where there are no 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 and that way you know when they are 10 years old and need replacing. Most smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific directions.

This is also a great time to practice your fire escape plan. Get the family together, and if you haven't already done so, plan your escape! It takes less than five minutes to plan. All you need to do is 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 outside. Keep your fire escape plan on your refrigerator, so that you are able to reference it throughout the year.

Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, "Smoke alarms are an essential part of your home fire escape plan. Ensuring that the alarms are maintained and working properly will help reduce the chances of injury or death in a fire."

Lake Stevens Fire reminds you to take time to be safe and enjoy the increased daylight hours throughout the spring and summer seasons.


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