Smoke Alarm Program

Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms Save Lives.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?  Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! 
Did you know? The majority of fatality fires occur in homes without working smoke alarms?
1.  Install smoke alarms
  •  In every bedroom
  •  Outside each sleeping area
  •  On every level of your home
2.  Test your smoke alarms every month.
3.  When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
4.  Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
Smoke alarms powered by a 9-volt battery:
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least twice per year (such as when you turn your clocks ahead in the spring and back in the fall).
  • Replace the entire unit every 8–10 years.
Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery:
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system:
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the backup battery at least once per year.
  • Replace the entire unit every 8–10 years.
Smoke Alarm Services and Assistance
  • Free battery-operated smoke alarms and batteries available for all households. We are unable to replace hardwired smoke alarms.
  • Hearing-impaired smoke alarms are also available.
  • Call 360-376-2331 for more information.
Here’s what you need to know about home carbon monoxide (CO):
Protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning:
  • Install a CO detector/alarm at the lowest level of your home.
  • Never burn charcoal inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent.
  • Never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent.
  • Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
  • Never heat your home with gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers.
  • Never operate unvented, fuel-burning appliances in any room with closed doors or windows, or in any room where people are sleeping.
  • Do not use gasoline-powered tools and engines indoors.
  • Make sure appliances are installed according to manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Have the heating system (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually.
  • Each year in America, approximately 500 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and another 15,000 experience a medical emergency as a result of breathing this colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
  • CO is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels, like propane or natural gas, oil, kerosene, coal, or even wood. Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
  • Initial CO poisoning symptoms are similar to the flu (but without the fever). In fact, many people mistake CO poisoning for the flu, or are misdiagnosed by physicians, resulting in unnecessary deaths.
Know the symptoms of CO poisoning:
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness
If you experience any symptoms of CO poisoning:
  • Evacuate all occupants immediately.
  • Determine how many are ill and determine their symptoms.
  • Call your fire department and when reporting the emergency, include the number of people feeling ill.
  • Do not re-enter the home without the approval of your fire department.