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Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms 

The majority of fatal house fires occur at night, when most people are asleep. But, a properly working smoke detector can give you an early warning that there is a problem – this can mean the difference between safety and disaster.

Know the different types of smoke detectors and how to keep them in good working condition as well as sources and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are equally as important as smoke detectors, and every home should have one. They alert you of the presence of CO, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that cannot be detected with your normal senses and is extremely harmful to your health.

Monitored Fire Alarms

Commercial and residential alarms are designed to alert the property owner and a remote monitoring station when there is a concern. 

Learn how to register your alarm, what happens during false alarms, when to contact your alarm company and when to call 911.

Home Fire Hazards 

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  • If anyone in your home is a smoker, only smoke outside, and smoking materials should be discarded in fire safe containers.  Ensure smoking materials are fully extinguished in water or sand.
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What to do when the smoke alarm sounds

The smoke alarm sounds — what do your kids do next? Watch this 3-minute video from the Lenexa Fire Department to learn quick fire safety tips to keep your family safe.

Close Before You Doze

Video courtesy of UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

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