KCMO homeowners who need smoke detectors may call the American Red Cross at 816-841-5204 which provides them to the Kansas City Fire Department, and KCFD personnel will install them, all at no cost to homeowners.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke detectors on the ceiling or high on a wall on every level of a home including the basement, in every bedroom and outside separate sleeping areas. It recommends keeping them away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
The NFPA also recommends considering additional smoke detectors for large homes and connecting detectors so when one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off.
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, according to the NFPA, and should be replaced when they are ten years old.