The OSFM works with various other state agencies in the licensing and inspection process for Kansas Residential Board and Care occupancies.
At a Glance
Kansas Department on Aging licenses the facility in regards to the number of residents.
KDOA Phone: 785-296-4986
KDOA Compliant Hotline: 1-800-842-0078
KDOA Website: www.agingkansas.org
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services works with the clients in regards to services and client placement.
SRS Phone: 785-296-3959
SRS Complaint Hotline: 1-800-922-5330
SRS Website: www.srskansas.org
OSFM is responsible for the fire and life safety inspections of each facility.
Please review K.A.R 22-11-8 as it requires all residential board and care occupancies to comply with NFPA 101, 2006 Edition for all board and care homes regardless of the number of residents.
22-11-8. Adult and boarding care homes.
(a) The requirements of NFPA standard no. 101, which is adopted in K.A.R. 22-1-3, shall apply to one- and two-bed adult care homes, one- and two-bed adult family homes, three- and four-bed boarding care adult care homes, and boarding care homes for the mentally retarded.
(b) A life safety code inspection of a home shall be performed by the state fire marshal or an authorized representative under K.S.A. 31-137, and amendments thereto, upon request from the Kansas department of health and environment.
(c) As used in this subsection, ‘‘ambulatory’’ shall mean having the physical and mental capability of getting in and out of bed and walking in a normal path to safety in a reasonable period of time without the aid of another person. ‘‘Nonambulatory’’ shall mean not having the physical or mental capability of getting in and out of bed and walking a normal path to safety without the aid of another person.
(1) Ambulatory residents who are able to walk without the aid of another person but are unable to move from place to place without the use of a device including a walker, crutches, wheelchair, or wheeled platform shall be housed on the ground level of a home if handicap accommodations for exiting are present.
(2) Fully ambulatory residents who do not require the use of a device including a walker, crutches, wheelchair, or wheeled platform may be housed on any level of a home.
(3) Nonambulatory persons shall not be allowed as residents.
(d) The following requirements shall apply to all oneand two-bed adult care homes, one- and two-bed adult family homes, three- and four-bed boarding care adult care homes, and boarding care homes for the mentally retarded, in addition to NFPA standard no. 101, which is adopted in K.A.R. 22-1-3:
(1) Emergency lighting shall be provided to ensure illumination for evacuation in case of a power failure.
(2) Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times.
(3) Fire drills shall be conducted as frequently as necessary, and at least once every three months, to ensure orderly egress in case of an emergency.
(4) Each exit and each route to each exit shall be clearly marked so that all residents will readily know the direction of egress from any point within the building.
(5) Each exit shall be arranged and maintained to provide free, unobstructed egress. Locks or fastening devices shall not be installed to prevent free escape from inside the building.
(6) Each building shall be constructed, arranged, equipped, maintained, and operated to avoid danger to the lives and safety of its residents from fire, smoke, fumes, and panic during emergency situations. (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 2008 Supp. 31-133 and K.S.A. 31-147; effective May 1, 1983; amended May 1, 1984; amended May 1, 1985; amended May 1, 1986; amended Sept. 17, 1990; amended Feb. 4, 2011.)