Smoke alarms save lives in Overland Park every year. In your home they should be placed:
- On every floor;
- Inside and outside each sleeping area;
- At least three feet away from air vents and exhaust fans;
- Out of the path of steam or fumes from bathrooms or cooking areas.
Ionization smoke alarms detect fast fires burning from combustible materials. Photoelectric alarms detect smoke from low, smoldering fires. Install both types for added protection.
Maintain your smoke alarms by testing them once a month and replacing the batteries twice a year. If your alarm is older than 10 years, it should be replaced.
Overland Park Fire Department provides smoke alarms for the deaf or hard-of-hearing. These devices use strobe lights and vibration notification to alert residents of a fire. Call 913-895-8400 for more information.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every floor of your home and in a central location outside each sleeping area.
Test CO alarms once once a month.
If a CO alarm sounds, immediately open windows and doors or move outside. Make sure everyone in your home is accounted for, call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.