The Washington State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.
According to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
"In a fire, every second counts," said State Fire Marshal Church Duffy. "Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out."
How can you have a smoke alarm save a life:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Test alarms monthly by using the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or don't respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.