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.
- 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.