The Bothell Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” campaign to provide free smoke alarms to the residents of Country Club Senior Mobile Home Park.
The effort was incredibly successful according to Kirsten Clemens the Bothell Fire Department’s public education and information officer. Last Saturday, Bothell firefighters teamed up with the American Red Cross volunteers to install 74 alarms in 32 homes.
Deputy chief fire marshal, Butch Noble, who also attended the event, explained the importance of the effort.
“Due to modern building materials and furnishing, homes are burning much faster than they used to, giving occupants less time to escape,” Noble said. “Early detection and escape route planning are both key to survival in a fire, when every second counts.”
The Bothell Fire Department also shared a few things locals can do to help keep their families safe.
- Make sure to test smoke alarms once a month.
- If smoke alarms have conventional batteries— not 10 year lithium batteries— make sure to replace them twice a year.
- Create an escape plan for you and your family.
- Identify an outdoor meeting place and make sure everyone in your family knows where to go.
- For more information on fire safety, please visit www.bothellwa.gov/firesafety.