Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions—replace any alarms that fail testing, and replace all smoke alarms that are 10-years old or older. Test your batteries monthly, no matter what kind of batteries they have.
In 2017, twenty-six percent of fire fatalities in Washington State occurred in homes with missing smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to work. These failures often occur because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries.
Working smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds you and your family need to get out of your home safely. Testing your smoke alarms to ensure they work properly is a simple, effective way to protect the ones you love.
For more information about fire prevention and awareness, please visit the State Fire Marshal website at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/public/.