(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Wichita Fire Department launches a new initiative aimed at raising awareness of smoke alarms.
Project Smoke Alarm is designed to reduce fire fatalities by providing 300 free smoke alarms and 500 batteries to homeowners who do not currently have a working smoke alarm.
This year, the Wichita Fire Department says six Wichitan died in house fires. That's more than the national average for comparable city sizes.
Smoke alarms were either not present or did not function in three of the house fires including the September 18 fire that killed a teenage girl.