Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials on Friday reminded residents to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries this weekend. The time will spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th.
“It is important that residents test their smoke alarms during the time change,” WFD Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said. “While you are testing your smoke alarms, it is a good idea to replace your battery and to practice fire drills with your family.”
Most fire deaths occur in homes that do not have a working smoke alarms. Nearly 3,300 people lose their lives in home fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).
The WFD is providing free smoke alarms and batteries to home owners who do not have one, thanks to a partnership with the Safe Kids Coalition, Shelter Insurance, Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Interstate All-Pack Batteries. Firefighters will install them at no cost. Residents should call the WFD at 268-4441 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to set up an appointment. Firefighters will also test existing smoke alarms for residents. Most smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years of use.
For more information regarding smoke alarms and fire safety, please call 268-4441, visit www.wichita.gov, find the WFD on Facebook and on Twitter.