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Preparing Safely for Autumn

Cooler days are here now and many residents have begun to use their propane stoves or fireplaces to ward off the morning chill. This a good time to make sure your fireplaces are ready and safe as well as checking your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of about 10 years. If you have ever had a smoke alarm go off for no apparent reason, it could be because there is dust on the sensor or it has outlived its usefulness. If you know the alarm is less than 10 years old, you could spray it with pressurized air to remove the dust. If you don’t know when the alarm was installed, it’s best to replace it. Consider writing the date of purchase on the alarm with a marker.

When you purchase a new alarm, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue crews will install it for you. To make arrangements for a crew to come to your home, call the station at (360) 437-2236.

As you get ready for winter, remember to check your supply of food and household items in case windstorms cause power outages or weather makes it unsafe to drive to the store.

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we are beginning a complete overhaul of our website. The website is still accessible at and we are hoping to have the updated version up and running in the first quarter of 2021. I am excited to get this project completed to better serve you with information and resources.

If you have any questions about the services Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue provides, please contact me at 360-437-2236 or email me at


This article was previously published in the November 2020 edition of the Port Ludlow Voice.

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