‘Operation Save a Life’ expands free fire safety program

A free smoke alarm installation program is becoming even easier to take advantage of.

In 2015, more than 100 people died in house fires in Michigan. Some of those homes didn’t have enough smoke detectors or ones that worked.

Officials with Operation Save a Life, a free program designed to help install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes across the state, say there is now a phone number people can call to set up an appointment: 1.844.978.4400.

Michael McLeieer, with Operation Save a Life, says there’s a 50 percent greater chance of someone dying in a house fire without a working smoke alarm.

“Over 15,000 smoke alarms have been installed just this last year and we’ve had 12 documented saves that we know of from fire department and American Red Cross installed smoke alarms. So this campaign is working,” said McLeieer.

Grand Rapids residents can also call 3-1-1 to set up an appointment for free smoke alarm installation.

Since the Grand Rapids Fire Department started its Residential Safety Program three years ago, 32,000 smoke detectors have been installed in 5,100 homes, according to GRFD Lieutenant Bill Smith.

This weekend is also “Save a Life Saturday” at The Home Depot in Walker from 9 a.m. to noon. At the event you can learn fire safety tips from local experts and meet Jake the Fire Safety Dog.


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