Free smoke alarms given out in Muskegon Heights

(March 7, 2015)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon Heights Fire Department is teaming up with the Red Cross to spread fire safety awareness and make sure homes have smoke alarms.

Wednesday, volunteers from the groups went door-to-door in the Muskegon Heights area and gave away more than 700 free smoke alarms. Firefighters even installed them for homeowners, giving them as many as they need to make the homes safe.

Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean said many homes in the area have smoke alarms, but they are either out of date or simply don’t work.

“It’s a way of one, warning your family; two, a way of protecting your property by having adequate, working smoke alarms,” Dean said. “Make sure that every bedroom has a working smoke alarm … in the hallway outside of each bedroom, and on every floor.”

There have been five fatal fires in Muskegon Heights so far this year.

This is the second year that the two groups have teamed up. The program runs through Friday.

To schedule a smoke alarm installation, call 231.733.8893.

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