Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery this Saturday

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Crews from Snohomish County Fire District 1 will be in Edmonds and nearby communities this Saturday with a reminder that residents should check their smoke alarms when they set clocks to Daylight Saving Time on March 13.

“Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year, but remembering to do this can be difficult. That’s why we’re encouraging residents to change their batteries when they change their clocks,” said Deputy Chief Steve Sherman of Fire District 1’s Fire Prevention Division.

Worn or missing batteries are the most common cause of non-working smoke alarms. “Removing a battery for another use takes away the smoke alarm’s lifesaving benefits and puts your family at risk,” Sherman said.

In honor of Smoke Alarm Saturday, Fire District 1 firefighters will be handing out smoke alarm information and free batteries while supplies last at these Edmonds locations on March 12 (hours will vary as crews maybe called away to respond to emergencies):

– Top Foods, 21900 Highway 99
– Starbucks Town Center, 502 Main Street
– PCC Natural Market, 9803 Edmonds Way

Batteries for Smoke Alarm Saturday were provided free of charge through a partnership of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer. Fire District 1 also provides free smoke alarm assistance and installation by appointment in its service area, which includes unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway. To schedule an appointment in the Fire District 1 service area, email PublicEducators@firedistrict1.org or call Kim Schroeder at 425- 551-1254. More information is available on the Fire District 1 website,

Did you know:

Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.  Aging smoke alarms are unreliable and often are the source of nuisance alarms.
Fire drills aren’t just for schools – practice escape at home too. Develop an escape plan with two ways out of every room, then practice so everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

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