State Fire Marshal's Office

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy

Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: September 29, 2016
Contact: Deputy State Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis
Phone: (360) 596-3929
Twitter: @wafiremarshal

Every Smoke Alarm Has An Expiration Date: What's Yours?

Olympia -- Does your home have smoke alarms? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you're like most people, you're probably not so sure.

"I've seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire. Smoke detectors that are too old may fail to protect you when a fire starts." says State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy.

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. The State Fire Marshal's Office also recommends that smoke alarms be tested monthly, and batteries be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they are running low.

This year, dozens of fire departments across the state will be making a concerted effort during Fire Prevention Week, October 9th-15th, 2016, to educate residents about "Don't Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." Knowing how old your smoke alarms are and why replacing them every 10 years is critical and can save lives.

To help residents experience the fun and spirit of Fire Prevention Week in their communities, we have compiled a list of public events happening across the state. Please note that most fire departments celebrate Fire Prevention Week by visiting the local schools in their communities—these events are not open to the public. To see how your community is participating, please contact your local fire agency.

Benton County  
Kennewick Fire Department October 15 – Open House from 0900-1600 at the new Fire Station 5, located at 6016 W 10th Ave in Kennewick. Overflow parking will be available at Chinook Middle School, 6011 W 10th Place, off of 10th at Osborne.
Cowlitz County  
Cowlitz County Fire District # 2 - Kelso October 15 - Open House from 1100-1400 @ Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, 701 Vine St in Kelso.
Cowlitz County Fire District #6 - Castle Rock October 8 - Safety Carnival @ Station 61. Events all week at all 3 schools. Visit for details.
Longview Fire Department October 15 - Annual Open House from 1000-1400. Visit for details.
Douglas County  
Douglas County Fire District #2 – East Wenatchee/Rock Island October 8 – Open House from 1100-1500 @ Douglas 2, 377 Eastmont Ave. in East Wenatchee.
Jefferson County  
Jefferson County Fire District #1 - East Jefferson October 15 - Station Open House at 701 Harrison St. in Port Townsend. Visit for details.
King County  
Bellevue Fire Department October 15 - All Stations Open House from 1000-1500. Visit for details.
Kent Regional Fire Authority October 15 - McClendon Hardware from 1100-1300 to promote Fire Prevention week and smoke alarms. Visit for a list of Open Houses.
King County Fire District #13 - Vashon Island Fire & Rescue October 1 - Open House from 1000-1400. Visit for details.
King County Fire District #27 - Fall City October 9 - Open House from 1100-1300. Address: 4301 334th Pl SE in Fall City.
Redmond Fire Department Open House Schedule:
  October 10 - Station 13 - 8701 208th Ave NE - 18:30 to 20:30 pm
October 10 - Station 14 - 5021 264 Ave NE - 18:30 to 20:30 pm
October 11 - Station 16 - 6502 185 Ave NE - 18:30 to 20:30 pm
October 12 - Station 17 - 16917 NE 116 Street - 18:30 to 20:30 pm
October 13 - Station 12 - 4211 148 Ave NE, Bellevue - 18:30 to 20:30 pm
October 14 - Station 18 - 22710 NE Alder Crest Drive - 6:30 to 8:30pm
October 15 - Station 11 - 5450 161 Ave NE – 11:00 am to 2 pm
Seattle Fire Department October 8 - Seattle Fire Day - A Family Community Event from 1000-1400. Museum of History and Industry - 860 Terry Ave N, South Lake Union in Seattle.
Pierce County  
East Pierce Fire and Rescue October 1 – Annual Open House from 1300-1600. Visit for more info.
Pierce County Fire District #16 – Key Peninsula October 1 – Annual Open House; visit for details.
Pierce County Fire District #3 – West Pierce October 22 – Fall Safety Day; visit or details.
Pierce County Fire District #5 – Gig Harbor October 1 – Annual Scarecrow Festival, Sehmel Park from 1000-1600
October 10 – We are teaming up with Domino's and checking smoke alarms when residents place an order from 1600-1900. Visit for details.
San Juan County  
San Juan County Fire District #3 – Friday Harbor October 15 – Open House/ Safety Fair from 1100-1400. Visit for details.
Skagit County  
Anacortes Fire Department October 15 – Open House from 0900-1200 @ 1016 13th St in Anacortes.
Mount Vernon Fire Department October 15 – Open House at Fire Station 2. Call (360) 336-6277 for details.
Snohomish County  
Snohomish County Fire District #3 - Monroe October 15 - Open House from 1000-1400. Visit for details.
Snohomish County Fire District #7 - Snohomish October 9 - Station 71 Open House - 8010 180th Street SE, Snohomish.
October 15 – Station 31 Open House - 163 Village Ct, Monroe.
Spokane County  
Spokane County Fire District #1 - Spokane Valley Fire Department October 8 - Annual Open House - Oct. 8th 1000-1400. Visit for details.
Spokane County Fire District #3 - Spokane October 6 - Open House & Chili Feed @ Station 35 from 1700-1900 Address: 1801 W Gibbs, Cheney
October 8 - Annual Open House @ Station 31 from 1000-1500 Address: 10 S Presley Dr, Cheney
Spokane County Fire District #5 - Nine Mile Falls October 16 - Chipper Day - 17217 W. Four Mound Road, Nine Mile Falls. Visit for details.
Thurston County  
Olympia Fire Department October 8 - Open House from 1000-1300, at our Headquarters Station. Visit for details.
Walla Walla County  
Walla Walla Fire District #4 - Walla Walla October 8 - Open House from 1000-1400, located at 2251 S Howard St in Walla Walla. Visit for details.
Whatcom County  
Bellingham Fire Department Open Houses at the six fire stations. Visit for details.
Whitman County  
Pullman Fire Department October 8 - Show and Tell & Prevention Education with Fire Prevention Trailer and Fire Trucks @ Walmart from 1000-1400
Yakima County  
Yakima Fire Department October 4 – City Council will read and endorse a FPW Proclamation
October 10-13 – Watch your local news stations for daily fire prevention messages
October 15 - Build a Fire Truck Safety Day @ The Home Depot, 2115 S 1st St in Yakima.
Visit for more details.

For more information on smoke alarms and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years", visit

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of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects, licensing of fire
sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting emergency response data.


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