FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2015
City Program Provides Free Smoke Detectors to Residents
KCFD kicks-off annual smoke detector program
Kansas City residents can now help protect themselves, and their property, from fire by requesting a free smoke detector as part of a smoke detector program managed by the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department (KCFD). The smoke detectors are available to Kansas City residents as part of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the amount of $150,000. This grant will enable KCFD to provide 5,000 lithium ion battery powered smoke detectors to residents this year.
“A working smoke detector doubles the likelihood that residents can escape a fire,” said Fire Marshall Floyd Peoples. “In addition, these detectors come with a 10-year lithium ion battery which means that residents will not have to worry about their detector’s batteries being dead in the event of a fire or changing them during the lifetime of these detectors.”
The smoke detectors are available to all Kansas City, Missouri residents, free of charge, by visiting any Kansas City, Missouri Fire Station. The smoke detector program is intended to provide reliable smoke detectors to homeowners; Renters must get smoke detectors from the landlord managing the rental property. City Ordinance requires landlords to purchase and install working smoke detectors in all rental properties.
Media inquiries may be directed to James Garrett, Public Information officer for the Kansas City Police Department, at 816-346-1982.