HFD participates in ‘Get Alarmed Kansas’

By Becky Kiser
Hays Post – Feb. 14, 2018

There were no smoke alarms found in the residence of a Pratt woman who recently died after a Jan. 25 fire in her home, which also killed her four children.

Having a working smoking alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half, according to information provided by the Hays Fire Department (HFD).

HFD has a program to install free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in homes by firefighters at no cost. The combination alarms are part of the “Get Alarmed Kansas” program provided by the State Fire Marshal. They have a sealed 10-year lithium ion battery for easier maintenance and don’t require batteries to be changed twice a year.

“To qualify you have to live within the city limits of Hays and be on a fixed or limited income,” said Firefighter Lucas Everett.

“We put one inside each living quarter. So if there are people living upstairs and downstairs in a dwelling, we can install two alarms,” Everett said. There’s no cost to HFD to participate in Get Alarmed Kansas.

Hays firefighters will also come to the homes of senior citizens or persons with limited mobility to check the batteries and function of existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. They can also install alarms purchased by residents.

“Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire,” added Everett. The goal of “Get Alarmed Kansas” is for all Kansans to be protected by working smoke alarms in their homes.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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