When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give early warning so you and your family can get outside quickly. Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.
Here's what you need to know:
If you're having trouble with your smoke alarm, we can help. Call 360-363-8500 with questions about your smoke alarm. If you don't have a smoke alarm, we can install a battery-operated alarm free of charge.
What the law says:
Washington State law requires smoke alarms in all residences, including rentals. It's the building owner's responsibility to install smoke alarms, inspect the alarms during vacancies and instruct tenants on how to maintain them. It's the tenant's responsibility to maintain smoke alarms and test them every month.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. In the aftermath of Washington's December 2006 windstorm, more than 300 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for CO poisoning and eight people died.
Things to keep in mind:
What the law says:
Washington State law requires that carbon monoxide alarms be installed in all apartments, single-family residences, condominiums, hotels and motels. CO alarms must also be installed in all new residences as of 2011. Owner-occupied single-family residences legally occupied before 2009 are required to have CO alarms when they are sold.
• Kidde recalled nearly 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms manufactured in 2016 to 2017 because the alarms could fail to alert consumers to a fire. Find more information here.
• Kidde recalled fire extinguishers with plastic handles. Find more information here.
• Kidde recalled combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms due to alarm failure. Find more information here.
• Kidde recalled certain 10-year hardwired smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms manufactured in 2013 to 2014. Find more information here.
For a complete list of recalled products, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.