Mar 072014
Change Clock Change Battery The Washington State Fire Marshal reminds residents to “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries”

As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 9, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms. “ Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” says State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy.

Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what to do, in the event of a fire, can save lives.

In 2013, approximately 20 percent of fire deaths in Washington State occurred in homes without working smoke alarms and the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Ensuring smoke alarms are operational is critical to life safety. Smoke alarms are designed to detect the presence of smoke and alert occupants to danger.

Why not go buy the batteries today!
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Jan 242014
Washington State Patrol Washington State Patrol Media Release – January 24, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2nd (depending on the weather)! Even though the game is being played clear across the country, there will be plenty of excitement around Washington. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) would like to remind both the die-hard Hawks fans as well as those fair-weather football fans to enjoy the game and have a blast doing so; but also to plan ahead for travel before and after the game.

With so much anticipation leading up to the big day, it feels almost like a holiday; and that is how troopers will be treating it come Super Bowl Sunday. Troopers will be out in force in Snohomish, Skagit, Island and Whatcom counties looking to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Don’t ruin the thrill of the Hawks run at a championship by getting arrested for DUI. Much worse, don’t ruin your life or someone else’s by causing a collision due to impairment.

Make a plan now for how you are going to get to and return from the festivities safely. Here are some tips for enjoying the game responsibly:

  • Have a designated driver already lined up ahead of time.
  • If you’re going to someone’s house to watch the game, plan on staying overnight.
  • Have your cab fare already set aside and ready to use.
  • Help your family and friends make the right choice before they drive away.
  • Don’t trust your decision making after you have been drinking; your decision to drive after the fact will be impaired.

This is an exciting time in our community. Let’s plan ahead and arrive safe on Super Bowl Sunday and on every day. Go hawks!

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