The Great Bend Fire Department Fire Inspections division works closely with State of Kansas agencies and the Barton County Health Department in regards to daycares. Home operated daycares and daycare centers are required to be licensed by the State of Kansas. Part of this licensing process involves the Fire Inspector completing initial and annual fire inspections of the residence or facility to ensure that minimum State standards are upheld to provide further protection of our younger citizens. The Fire Inspector will complete the inspection by following the Fire and Life Safety Agreement inspection checklist. Some of the more common items checked are exits, smoke detectors, documentation, fire escape plans, lithium batteries and protective covers. The full Fire and Life Safety Agreement inspection checklist can be obtained from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) as part of the licensing process.
Those interested in opening a home operated daycare need to begin the licensing process by contacting KDHE. Additional information on home daycares is available through the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s website. Individuals interested in opening a daycare center need to begin the licensing process by contacting the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal and submit a code foot print.