This is a story that hits close to home. One of our Snohomish County Fire District #10 Commissioners was touched by tragedy when his daughter’s home in Kent experienced a house fire on New Year’s Day 2018. Though the house had extensive damage, thanks to working smoke alarms, the three adults and two dogs escaped without injury.
That morning, a little before 5:00 a.m., the occupants were awakened by smoke alarms sounding and evacuated safely. Upon arrival, firefighters found the first-floor family room in the back of the two-story house engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished quickly, but unfortunately due to the heavy smoke and heat damage, the house is a total loss.
This story could have had a very different ending without the early notification of smoke alarms. On March 11th, we switched our clocks forward for daylight saving time. It is also the perfect time to check all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These devices require regular testing and cleaning to provide effective protection. Make sure to test all your detection devices once a month, change the batteries at least twice a year, and always make sure every device is clear from dust and debris. Smoke alarms save lives – it did for this family and it could for yours too.
If you have any questions about smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, please contact the Bothell Fire Department Public Education Division (425) 806-6260.
(Photo credit: Puget Sound Fire Authority)