Change your clocks, check your smoke alarms this weekend

Check Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries As Clocks Go Back On Sunday

OLYPMIA, Wash. – The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding people to check their smoke alarms before changing the clocks back for daylight savings.

According to a press release, the office says “working smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.” They also say that the alarms “save lives by cutting the risk of dying in a home fire by half.”

These are some of the following tips and guidelines released by the fire marshal’s office for home smoke alarms:

  •  Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, hallways, and on every floor of the home, including basements.
  • Install smoke alarms that have strobe lights and bed shakers for those who are hard-of-hearing or deaf.
  • Press the test button to ensure your smoke alarm is working properly. Also make sure everyone in the home knows the sound a smoke alarm makes and how to respond if it goes off.
  • Use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

If you’re unsure of how to install a device or smoke alarm program, you can contact your local fire agency for additional assistance.