Friday, May 11, 2012

Smoke Alarm Saves Life

While the majority of the posts on this blog are generally crime or police-related, sometimes there are examples which illustrate our mission to protect and save lives. The following video is a good example of this and how important it is to have good working smoke alarms inside your residence.

On 5/11/12, Overland Park Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a homeowner in the 10500 block of W. 92nd Place, who stated his house was full of smoke. The caller also advised he was able to get himself and his pet outside.

The following is an excerpt from the press release sent out this morning by OP Fire Department PIO Jason Rhodes, which reiterates the need to have working smoke alarms inside your residence.

Firefighters quickly found and extinguished a fire in a downstairs laundry room. They spent additional time putting out hot spots and clearing the house of smoke. While the fire was mostly contained to a utility room area, the house suffered smoke damage throughout.

There are no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the structure is estimated at 60-thousand dollars.

This incident should serve as a reminder to all of us to have and maintain working smoke alarms. Mr. Goodman wants everyone to know that he is alive because he had a working smoke alarm. For more information on smoke alarms and fire safety, visit the fire page on our city website

As you can see from the video, Mr. Goodman was gracious enough to share his story with you, and that was a good reason for us to pass his message along to you as well.