News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2012
“Change your clock, change your batteries” this weekend
Residents advised to change smoke detector batteries as Daylight Savings Time begins
With Daylight Savings Time beginning Sunday, March 11, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clock. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke detector increases a person’s chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent.
Residents who do not own a smoke detector can obtain one for free by visiting their local fire station and filling out a form. Free smoke detectors are specifically geared for individual residents or families who own or rent in Kansas City, and not for owners of multiple rental properties or apartment complexes.
The Fire Department recommends residents to install at least one smoke detector inside every sleeping area and on every level of a home. Smoke detectors should be tested on a monthly basis, and their batteries should be changed twice a year.
For more information regarding smoke detectors or fire safety tips, visit www.kcmo.org/fire or contact Lew Hendricks, public information officer for the Fire Department, at 816-784-9172.