New Fatal Fire Prevention Initiative Announced in Grand Traverse County
“We have a problem in our state and that is we have a growing fire death problem”
– Patrick Parker, Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief
Several fire departments in Grand Traverse County will participate in a new state-wide initiative to reduce fatal fires.
At a press conference in East Bay Township, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer announced that fatal fires are on the rise in Michigan.
56 people have died as a result of fires since the beginning of 2018, which is more than this time last year.
Sehlmeyer says a growing number of the fatal fires are due to homes not having a working smoke detector.
And with that in mind, fire departments across Grand Traverse County will be handing out smoke detectors to those who need them.
“We’re hoping that through initiatives like we’re going to see in Grand Traverse County on Saturday and then… these same instances throughout the state as we move on throughout the year, we can see start to see a downturn in the number of fatalities statewide.
– Kevin Sehlmeyer, Michigan State Fire Marshal
Several fire departments in Grand Traverse County are participating in the event, and will be going door to door from 11AM to 3PM Saturday.
Firefighters will inspect smoke detectors and help replace those that need it.
For more information on how to obtain smoke detectors or inspect them, contact your local fire department.