Get Alarmed Free Smoke Alarm Program

The Office of the State Fire Marshal will be suspending our Get Alarmed Kansas smoke alarm program and the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant program for the upcoming state fiscal year, July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Our office has seen a reduction in funding and the legislature did not appropriate the needed funds for the two programs in our budget for next year. It will be a priority of our office to request additional funding from the legislature next session, so that we can reinstate these two valuable and needed programs in July 2021. Our office will be asking for the support of the fire service to contact their local legislatures on receiving the additional funding for these programs in January when the session begins.

Free Smoke Alarm Program

Get Alarmed Kansas allows trained volunteers to install free smoke alarms in homes. The program provides smoke alarms to Kansas fire departments. The department will then schedule a time to come and install the device(s).

Fire can grow and spread through a home in a matter of minutes. The advance warning provided by working smoke alarms save lives. Yet, in 82 percent of home fires in Kansas, a working smoke alarm was not present.

For more information, view a presentation on the program (PPTX) or a story on the program.

How You Know if Smoke Alarms Work

  • Pick a date and test your smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working.
  • If the smoke alarm chirps, replace the battery immediately.
  • Change clocks, change batteries! Change the batteries when changing clocks in the spring and fall each year.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Get Alarmed Kansas Devices

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  1. For Fire Departments
  2. For Homeowners
  3. For Renters

Kansas fire departments interested in Get Alarmed Kansas may begin by reading the following handbook. If interested in participating, submit the Get Alarmed Order Form for Fire Departments. Access these documents and other helpful information: