Smoke Alarms

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Smoke Alarm Help Request
Request help with your smoke alarm(s) in a non-emergency situation.

  • Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide early warning in the event of a fire to give you and your family the chance for escape.
  • If you have electric smoke alarms in your home, be sure you have battery-powered alarms in case of power outage.

Installing Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke Alarm Locations In Your Home:
    • On every level of your home, including the basement
    • Outside all sleeping areas
    • In each sleeping room for added safety
  • Smoke Rises!
    • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling near the highest point, at least four inches from the nearest wall, for best results
    • Avoid corners, vents, and dead air space
    • Place wall-mounted alarms high, four to 12 inches from the ceiling
    • Call 913-971-7900 for additional information

Maintaining Smoke Alarms

  • Replace the batteries once a year.
  • If an alarm "chirps," replace the battery.
  • If the alarm stops “chirping”, the battery still needs to be changed or replaced.
  • Vacuum smoke alarms regularly to keep them working properly. Dust and debris can interfere with how smoke alarms work.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to clean smoke alarms.
  • Do not disable smoke alarms by removing the batteries.
  • Fan the air with a towel, if a smoke alarm activates while cooking.

Replacing Smoke Alarms

  • Replace smoke alarms every eight to 10 years.
  • Write the date of purchase on the back of the alarm, so you'll know when to replace it.

Landlord/Tenant Obligations

  • Landlords are required by law to provide working smoke alarms at the time a tenant moves into rental property. 
  • Tenants must keep alarms in working order.

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