KENNEWICK, Wash. - How old is your smoke detector? If you got it over 10 years ago it is time for a new one, that is according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The Kennewick Fire Marshal Mark Yaden said that 50 percent of smoke detectors will not work under fire conditions after ten years of service.
He said although they may beep and pass a battery test, many will not go off if there is fire or smoke present.
Kennewick Firefighter Chris Hutsell said smoke detectors need to be in every room, bedroom, hallway, and common area and that they should be high on the ceilings because smoke rises.
Fire officials said people are encouraged to change the batteries every six months and replace detectors after ten years.
Firefighters said a smoke detector is one of the only lines of defense for you and your family if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night.
The NFPA reports that 3,200 people have died in house fires in 2006.