South County Fire, Red Cross and Gibby Home Fire Prevention on Wednesday installed smoke alarms at a Lynnwood mobile home park where a resident was injured in a fire last month.
The installation at Serene Terrace Mobile Home Park in the 14300 block of Admiralty Way comes on the wake of a March 26 mobile home fire at the park that sent the resident and a firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries. The mobile home had no smoke alarms.
“This fire was at 12:10 a.m. when the resident was sleeping. He was fortunate a neighbor spotted the flames and people outside made enough noise to wake him,” said Leslie Hynes, South County Fire public information officer.
South County Fire offers these recommendations for equipping your home with smoke alarms:
- Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Aging smoke alarms are unreliable and often are the source of nuisance alarms.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Replace your smoke alarm battery every six months unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer. Follow manufacturer instructions for smoke alarm maintenance.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.