Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A properly maintained smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
To help save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Olathe Fire Department – along with the Fire Education Association of Kansas and the Fire Marshals Association of Kansas – urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit — change your smoke alarm batteries at least once per year.
If it is time for your lifesaving change, change your home’s smoke alarm batteries when you “spring forward” and change your clocks to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 13.
“Smoke alarms can provide an early warning and the critical extra seconds needed to escape during a fire,” said Captain Mike Hall. He added, “If it is time for your lifesaving change, change the batteries when you change your clocks.”