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Daylight Savings is a Great Time To Check Smoke Alarms

On Saturday, March 12, the Lynnwood Fire Department and the Red Cross will be visiting two local mobile home parks to inspect and install smoke alarms. The Lynnwood Fire Department would like to remind everyone that daylight savings is Sunday, March 13. When you change your clocks, it is also a great time to inspect, test, and clean your smoke alarms. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Here is how you can help save a life:

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or soon if they do not respond property.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it. 

"In a fire incident, early warning is critical to survival," said Lynnwood Fire Chief Scott Cockrum, "remember that children, seniors, and those with medical issues require extra time to escape. Home smoke alarms can alert people in and outside of the home to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to escape."
Today there are many types of battery powered smoke alarms available in the marketplace. Most of the smoke alarms we see in homes will still have a 9 volt battery that should be replaced each fall, or if the alarm is chirping. Newer alarms may use a lithium battery which can work for up to three years without changing the battery. Other models have a sealed unit and can last up to ten years. Whichever model you have, periodic maintenance and testing are essential. 

Lynnwood Fire Public Information Officer