YAKIMA, Wash- Fire prevention week started Sunday. The state fire marshall and local fire departments are urging people to do safety checks around their homes.
They say you should have a smoke detector in every bedroom, and in the hallways outside bedrooms. There should also be at least one on every floor of the house including the basement. But firefighters warn that simply having the smoke detectors is not enough.
"We recommend that you test your smoke detectors once a month and you change the batteries out at least once a year. And we actually recommend twice a year each time you change your clock", says Battalion Chief Mitch Cole of the Yakima Fire Department.
Chief Cole also notes that families with children should make sure that the kids recognize the sound of the fire alarm and know that means to get out of the house right away.