Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. As you check your home to move your clocks ahead one hour before bed Saturday, you’re encouraged to also check your smoke alarms.
Fire Captain Jose Ocadiz says you should hit the test button on your alarm and listen for a sound. If you don’t hear a beep or a chirp, it’s time for a new battery. Not all alarms have batteries, you might have to replace the entire alarm.
“While changing your smoke alarms, make sure that your smoke alarm that has a manufacture date that states no older than 10 years,” Ocadiz said at a safety breifing.
“According to the National Fire Protection Association, the risk of dying in reported home structural fires is 54 percent lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes with no smoke alarms or none that worked,” Ocadiz said.
If you need a smoke alarm, the Wichita Fire Department will give you one for free. Just call (316)268-4441 or email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment for a free smoke alarm installation.