Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 9, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.
When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms. “ Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy. Being prepared and knowing what to do, in the event of a fire, can save lives.
In 2013, approximately 20% of fire deaths in Washington State occurred in homes without working smoke alarms and the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 pm and 6 am when most families are sleeping.
For more information about fire safety, please visit the State Fire Marshal website at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.