Red Cross installing free smoke detectors Friday

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The American Red Cross will be installing free smoke detectors in some Kent County homes Friday.

The Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign wants to install 100,000 smoke detectors in the country’s 100 most fire-vulnerable communities. That includes portions of metro Grand Rapids. On the agenda Friday is Wyoming and Kentwood.

“In having conversations with fire chiefs and other fire departments, we were able to identify that the Kentwood and Wyoming area have a higher fire risk — either people that don’t have smoke detectors in their homes, higher incidents of fires, or higher fire fatalities in those particular communities than in some of the other areas around here,” explained Nikki Sallady, the disaster program manager for the local Red Cross.

To get a smoke detector, you can call 616.456.8661 ext. 5400 and make an appointment with Julian Gonzalez.

Each installation appointment takes between 30 and 45 minutes and also includes discussion about fire safety.

Sound the Alarm joins a host of similar programs, including the Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Residential Safety Assessment Program, which has placed working detectors in nearly 10,000 homes in the city, and E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety in efforts to reduce fire fatalities in the state.

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