Newcastle Earth Day set for April 20

March 8, 2013

NEW — 1:35 p.m. March 8, 2013

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By Greg Farrar
A Newcastle Earth Day attendee stops by an information booth at the 2012 event.

Mark your calendars, Newcastle. The city’s annual Earth Day celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. April 20 at Lake Boren Park. Read more

Change your smoke alarm batteries when you “spring forward”

March 8, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. March 8, 2013

As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 10, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

When you change your clocks, take time to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family,” said State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy.

Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives.

Learn more about fire safety on the State Fire Marshal website — www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.