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Change Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend

The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) encourages residents to use Daylight-Saving time this weekend as an opportunity to test their home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if they are more than one-year-old.

“A smoke alarm with a dead battery is the same as no alarm at all,” Wichita Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said.

In addition to changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the WFD recommends following these simple steps to protect lives and property:

  • Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested;
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of a home, including the basement;
  • Make sure everyone in the family understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond;
  • Test alarms once a month using the test button.

Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so everyone can get out safely if a fire occurs. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and at a location where fire responders can easily see residents. Additional risk reduction information can be obtained by calling the Fire Prevention Office at 268-4441.

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