Most deadly fires happen at night, when people are asleep. Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time that can save lives. According to the national fire protection association:

  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.

It’s important to properly install and maintain your home smoke alarms.

Firefighter helps woman with smoke alarm

Replace alarms
every 10 years

Smoke alarms lose their effectiveness over time and should be replaced at least every 10 years.

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).

Help with
smoke alarms

Residents of South Snohomish County can get information about home safety assessments and smoke alarms by contacting Shawneri Guzman at  425-551-1254

We have specialized alarms for people with hearing issues. We can also help install or troubleshoot your fire alarm.