The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries this weekend as Daylight Savings Time reverts to Central Standard Time. Clocks should be set back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.
About 2,500 people die in home fires every year in the United States. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that did not have a working smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
“Residents are encouraged to test their smoke alarms monthly and to replace their 9-volt battery twice a year,” WFD Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said.
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, Scholfield Automobile Dealerships and Interstate All-Pack Batteries. Firefighters will install them at no cost. Residents should call the WFD at (316) 268-4441 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.