Check smoke alarms

As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 13, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms. When setting clocks ahead, it's recommended that residents take the time to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries," said State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy. "Replacing your batteries and testing the alarm is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family."

In 2015, thirty percent of fire deaths in Washington State occurred in homes with no smoke alarms, or homes where the alarms weren't working. Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely.

For more information about fire safety, please visit the State Fire Marshal website at