OLATHE, Kan. -- Smoke alarms provide an early warning, which can ultimately help save lives.
Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured because of house fires. Reports have shown that two-thirds of those homes did not have smoke alarms or did not have working smoke alarms.
Studies have shown 16 million home in the U.S. have smoke alarms that do not work. The U.S. Consumer Products safety commission said that most homes simply have smoke alarms with dead or missing batteries, which is an easy fix.
Many fire departments now offer free smoke alarms for those who do not have one, and some will even install them.
Kansas City fire departments recently received a grant to give out free smoke alarms.
Fire officials recommend that batteries are changed at least once per year, if not done during the time change in the fall and the spring.