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.

Olathe selected to join national What Works Cities initiative

Olathe has been selected as one of 16 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative.

City of Olathe named Gold Level “Certified Healthy KC Organization”

The City of Olathe has been named a Gold Level “Certified Healthy KC Organization” from Healthy KC, a program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. 

City of Olathe changes Twitter handle to @CityofOlatheKS

Effective Monday, Sept. 19, the City of Olathe has changed its Twitter handle from @OlatheGovNews to @CityofOlatheKS. This change allows the City to better align and unify its brand among all digital platforms. You will automatically be redirected to the new handle if you already follow the City of Olathe on Twitter. We’re committed to keeping you engaged and informed. Follow @CityofOlatheKS to keep up with the latest news, information, and events.

Olathe Miracle League seeks volunteers

The Olathe Miracle League is seeking volunteers to serve as athlete “buddies” who support young athletes, ages 6-17, with physical or mental challenges. Buddies help provide kids of all abilities the opportunity to play baseball in a safe and fun environment. 

Olathe earns two top 10 ratings

Olathe ranked number one on Zippia's list of the 10 Happiest Cities in America. The score considered factors like education, unemployment rate, cost of living and poverty level.

Olathe also ranked number nine on Allstate Insurance's list of America's Best Drivers Report 2016. The list considered statistics like property damage claims, accident reports and population density.

Yard waste disposal options

Follow these tips for proper disposal of yard waste.

Waxed cardboard cartons now accepted through curbside recycling

Waxed cartons, including milk cartons and juice boxes, are now accepted in the blue recycling cart for curbside pickup.

Registration Open for Fall Home School Day

Registration is now open for Fall Home School Day on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or on Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants can learn how to rope a ‘steer’, see a chuck wagon cooking demonstration, learn about cowboy gear, and more.

Back to school; please drive carefully

Please slow down and use caution near schools as students return to the classroom this week. Olathe Public Schools students in grades K-5, 6, and 9, start with a half day on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The first full day of school for all K-12 students is Thursday, Aug. 18.

Safety information for drivers, bus riders and students who walk to school, crossing guard information, and maps of safe routes to schools are available on the City’s website at

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