January 12, 2024 – Midland residents can make their homes safer from fire risk thanks to a free program from Midland Fire Department that provides smoke alarms, alarm installation, and home fire safety checks.
MFD has joined the MI Prevention statewide fire safety campaign through the State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Fire Services and Michigan’s fire safety organizations to reduce the high number of fire deaths, injuries and property loss in Michigan by providing and installing smoke alarms in residents’ homes without working alarms and educating the occupants on fire safety practices. MFD can also assist residents with selecting locations for and installing smoke alarms in their home if they purchase their own alarms. The goal: Ensure every home in Midland has working smoke alarms.
The Midland Fire Department recommends replacing your smoke detectors every 10 years. Beginning in 2002, all smoke alarms must have a manufacture date marked on the outside of the smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm does not have a manufacture date, then it is more than 10 years old and must be replaced. When replacing your smoke alarms, MFD suggests replacing regular battery-powered units with 10-year sealed battery units. In 2023, there were 125 fire deaths in Michigan; in 72% of those fires, no working smoke detectors were found in the home.
To take advantage of this free program, contact Fire Station One at 989-837-3410. Please note that this program is available only for owner-occupied properties and cannot be performed in rental units.
Learn more about the MI Prevention program at www.michigan.gov/lara/bureau-list/bfs/miprevention.
For more on fire safety, call the Midland Fire Department at 989-837-3410 or email Fire Marshal John Jurek at firstname.lastname@example.org.