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Kansas City, MO - With the change to standard time on Sunday, March 8, 2015, the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council reminds you that when you change your clock, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke alarm increases your family's chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent.
The Metro Fire Chiefs Council suggests you install at least one smoke alarm inside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. But installation is just the first step in protecting your family from fires. Smoke alarms also need to be tested and maintained if they are to continue to be your family's nose at night.
The Council also offers these simple maintenance tips to ensure your smoke alarms are in good working order:
Many local fire departments offer free smoke alarms to help reduce injury, death and property loss caused by fire. Certain fire departments can install the alarms and talk to the household members about fire safety tips.
For more information about the free smoke alarm program or other helpful fire safety tips, call your local fire department.
Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212