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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Front Porch: Go to HeraldNet for candidate profiles

As you sit down with your ballot, check online at www.heraldnet.com/electionguide for profiles on the candidates and stories on the issues.
The election is just a week away and Washington voters will decide who will be the next governor, whether to permit gay marriages and whether marijuana will be legalized. Stories on all of these races and dozens of others are already posted online.
On Election Day, Nov. 6, follow all the state and local races with Herald journalists at www.heraldnet.com.
We'll be live blogging all day, with the first Snohomish County results expected shortly after 8 p.m.
Daylight-saving time ends this weekend: Fire districts are urging people to use the time change as a chance to check their smoke alarms.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 is offering the following tips:
Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm 'chirps,' warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.
Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.
Prepare and practice an escape plan from the house. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire.
Story tags » FireElections

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