CO detectors added to GR Home Safety Program

File photo of Grand Rapids Fire Department. (Sept. 19, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program is getting a big boost from the federal government.

A $347,781 federal assistance grant will help the GRFD add carbon monoxide detectors to the lifesaving devices being installed in homes through the Residential Safety Program

Between emergency calls, neighborhood GRFD companies will come to homes by request, put up smoke detectors and make sure homes are safe from fires, all for free.

Over 7,200 residents have invited Grand Rapids firefighters into their homes for a safety checkup, and over 44,000 smoke detectors have been installed.

Residents who participate in the program are 64 percent less likely to have fire in their home than non-participants.

The grant for carbon monoxide detectors will add another layer of safety for residents.

“We’re really looking forward to rounding that program out and being able to really protect the homeowner in a lot of different areas that we haven’t been able to up to this point,” GRFD Chief John Lehman said.

If you are a Grand Rapids resident interested in taking part in the Residential Safety Program, call the city’s 311 line.