Wichita Fire Department offers free smoke alarms, batteries

The Wichita Fire Department has free smoke alarms and batteries available for people who do not have an alarm.

The department partnered with the Safe Kids Coalition, Shelter Insurance, Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Interstate All-Pack Batteries for the project. Firefighters also will install the alarms at no cost.

Most deaths in home fires occur in homes without a working smoke alarm, according to a news release from the city.

“We want to encourage residents to change their smoke alarm batteries during the time change,” Wichita Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said in the release. “Working smoke alarms are proven to save lives.”

Firefighters also will test existing smoke alarms for residents.

To get an alarm or have one tested, call the department at 316-268-4441 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.