State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery”

In Washington State, 67 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms and the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping.  Those most at risk include:
  • Children – Approximately 80 percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms.  Children under age 5 are at twice the risk of dying in a home fire.
  • Seniors – Adults over age 75 are three times more likely to die in home fires than the rest of the population; those over 85 are 4.5 times more likely to die in a home fire.
  • Low-income Households – Many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms.  These same households often rely on poorly installed, maintained or misused portable or area heating equipment – a main cause of fatal home fires.
For more information about fire safety, please visit the State Fire Marshal’s Office website at