Fire District 1 Wants You to Check Your Smoke Alarms

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Firefighters in Snohomish County Fire District 1 will be participating in Smoke Alarm Saturday, encouraging citizens to check their smoke alarms and installing free smoke alarms on Oct. 31.

This is the second year the Snohomish County Fire Prevention Association has sponsored Smoke Alarm Saturday countywide. We know smoke alarms save lives by providing the early warning you need to escape a fire. We want to spread the word and make sure everyone has access to this lifesaving technology, said Steve Sherman, a deputy chief with Snohomish County Fire District 1.

On Saturday, Fire District 1 will have firefighters installing free smoke alarms at Mt. View Villa Mobile Home Park in Mountlake Terrace as well as several other neighborhoods around Snohomish County.

Firefighters will also be handing out information at Roger’s Market encouraging citizens to change (or check 10-year lifetime) smoke alarm batteries as they change their clocks from Daylight Savings Time on Sunday.

This wraps up Fire Prevention Month and our theme is Stay Fire Smart! Dont Get Burned, Sherman said. In addition to focusing on the importance of smoke alarms, firefighters will be talking to people about what they can do to prevent the leading causes of home fires cooking, heating, electrical and smoking-materials.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I think this phrase is unclear: “.. citizens to change (or check 10-year lifetime) smoke alarm batteries..”. The batteries themselves, especially if the detector is ONLY powered by batteries, should be changed twice a year. The detectors themselves should ALSO be REPLACED every FIVE to TEN (5-10) years. The detector can become desensitized over the years so changing the batteries is only the frequent upkeep to your safety device. Be sure you know the manufacturing date (which should be on the bottom of the device) and replace AT LEAST every 10 years, although 5 is MUCH better. We replaced all 5 of ours with the a combo smoke/CO2 detector that is also a combo power supply (household with battery backup). If you have household current ones now, get those again as they are usually linked. Meaning, if one goes off downstairs, they ALL go off together.Let's stay safe out there MLT residents!

  2. I think this phrase is unclear: “.. citizens to change (or check 10-year lifetime) smoke alarm batteries..”. The batteries themselves, especially if the detector is ONLY powered by batteries, should be changed twice a year. The detectors themselves should ALSO be REPLACED every FIVE to TEN (5-10) years. The detector can become desensitized over the years so changing the batteries is only the frequent upkeep to your safety device. Be sure you know the manufacturing date (which should be on the bottom of the device) and replace AT LEAST every 10 years, although 5 is MUCH better. We replaced all 5 of ours with the a combo smoke/CO2 detector that is also a combo power supply (household with battery backup). If you have household current ones now, get those again as they are usually linked. Meaning, if one goes off downstairs, they ALL go off together.nnLet’s stay safe out there MLT residents!

  3. I think this phrase is unclear: “.. citizens to change (or check 10-year lifetime) smoke alarm batteries..”. The batteries themselves, especially if the detector is ONLY powered by batteries, should be changed twice a year. The detectors themselves should ALSO be REPLACED every FIVE to TEN (5-10) years. The detector can become desensitized over the years so changing the batteries is only the frequent upkeep to your safety device. Be sure you know the manufacturing date (which should be on the bottom of the device) and replace AT LEAST every 10 years, although 5 is MUCH better. We replaced all 5 of ours with the a combo smoke/CO2 detector that is also a combo power supply (household with battery backup). If you have household current ones now, get those again as they are usually linked. Meaning, if one goes off downstairs, they ALL go off together.Let's stay safe out there MLT residents!

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