Early morning fire damages Olathe home

Firefighters responded to a house fire around 2:30 a.m. near 133rd Street and Mur-Len Road. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the rear of the home. In the coldest temperatures of the year, firefighters quickly attacked and extinguished the fire. The family of two safely escaped the fire before firefighters arrived.

An investigator is working to determine the cause of the blaze, which appeared to have started near the fireplace. Damage is estimated at $50,000. No injuries were reported. Continue reading

Watch what you heat!

From the Olathe Fire Department:

Heating is the second leading cause of “residential building fires” in the US, according to the United States Fire Administration. As cold air blankets the metro, be sure to watch what you heat with these tips:

·        Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters.

·        Have heating equipment – such as furnaces, fireplaces and wood stoves – regularly inspected by a qualified professional.

·        Turn space heaters off and unplug them before leaving the room or sleeping.

·        Check your home’s smoke alarms by simply pressing the test button.

See these tips in this video from 2010: https://goo.gl/vSwIZJ.

Helmet head bike rodeo April 24

The Olathe Fire Department invites all area children to bring their bikes to the annual Helmet Head Bike Rodeo on Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doctors Building I parking lot of Olathe Medical Center, 20375 W. 151st Street. Kids 15 and under will receive a FREE bike helmet while supplies last – all parents must be accompanied by a child. Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available courtesy of Olathe Medical Center.
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Is it time for your lifesaving change?

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A properly maintained smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

To help save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Olathe Fire Department – along with the Fire Education Association of Kansas and the Fire Marshals Association of Kansas – urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit — change your smoke alarm batteries at least once per year. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of March 7

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. for a special joint annual meeting with the Olathe Board of Education. The meeting is at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Olathe receives elite rating for fire protection service

The City of Olathe has attained the highest rating possible for fire protection service according to the Insurance Services Office (ISO), who recently designated Olathe a Class 1 community based on its independent rating system for assessing the quality and effectiveness of municipal fire protection.

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide fire protection services for citizens and property owners. A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predicator of future fire losses.  Insurance companies use PPC data to help establish fair premiums for residential and commercial fire insurance.
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Smoking causes two deck fires

Around 9:20 a.m. on Monday, March 7, a passerby stopped and alerted a woman to a fire on her home’s wooden deck at 15435 W. 150th Ter. When firefighters arrived, they quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread to the home.

An investigator said discarded smoking materials was the cause of the fire.

This was the second deck fire of the day caused by discarded smoking materials. These two separate fires occurred only 67 minutes apart. No injuries were reported and damage is considered minor.  

Captain Mike Hall said, “Especially in these dry and windy conditions, use extra caution if you choose to smoke.”

Before you discard smoking materials, make sure they are out. Dousing smoking materials in water or sand is the best way to do that, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire damages Olathe home

Just before 6 p.m., firefighters responded to a house fire in west Olathe. A 911 caller reported the blaze and said the back of the house was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames and smoke coming from the back of the home.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the fire, which caused significant damage to the home. Everyone was out of the home when firefighters arrived and no one was hurt. An investigator is working to determine the cause of the fire.

Firefighters say every fire serves as a great reminder to check your home’s smoke alarms by simply pressing the test button.

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