YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Fire Department is reminding people to constantly check to make sure their smoke detectors are working.
They say around 23 percent of fire deaths happen in houses with smoke detectors that aren't working.
Firefighters say sometimes it's simply dead batteries, but other times people intentionally take the batteries out.
Often it's due to nuisance alarms caused by things like cooking fumes but firefighters say there are better solutions.
"If you had burnt food or steam from a shower or something that activated that smoke detector... Maybe just hit the hush button or if it continues to do so, maybe relocate it to a better position," said Yakima Fire Captain Brandon Dorenbush.
Firefighters say you can also buy a photoelectric or dual sensor detector.
These kinds of detectors are less likely to cause false alarms.