Changing more than the time this weekend

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Some fire officials are asking that you change more than your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks this weekend.

Kettering has more than 100 smoke detectors to hand out that were donated after a house fire that killed four people.

In about three weeks, it’s given away around ten.

To get the smoke detectors, you have to provide a fire escape plan.

We wanted to know what one of those looks like, so Kettering Battalion Chief Jon Durrenberg drew one up for us.

The plan should include two escape routes and a safe meeting place.

He says you don’t have to be an artist to put one together.  All told it took about two minutes for him to create.

Durrenberg says that changing your smoke detector batteries with the time change is crucial, but he believes that next step, having a way to get out, is also key.

“We just simply thought we can’t piecemeal fire protection in little bits and pieces with a detector here and a detector there,” Durrenberg says.

If you’re interested in one of those free smoke detectors, you’re asked to set up an appointment with the Kettering Fire Department.

You must live in Kettering and provide them with that fire plan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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