When is the last time you checked the smoke alarms in your home? Fire officials are urging locals to take fire prevention in their homes seriously by checking smoke alarms once a month, replacing batteries once a year and replacing the alarm at least every 10 years. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in half, shares Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond. 369,500 home fires nationally in 2014 resulted in 2,740 deaths. 38% of home fire deaths did not have smoke alarms installed and 21% did not have working smoke alarms. Uintah County Commission approved a proclamation during Commission meeting declaring as Fire Prevention Week. Community members Basin wide are urged to check the manufacture date on their smoke alarms and replace all alarms that are 10 years old or older.