MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — With several recent fire deaths in Muskegon County, groups like the Red Cross are trying to educate homeowners about the importance of smoke alarms.
Thanks in part to a grant, the Muskegon Heights Fire Department is able to equip residents with the required smoke alarms for their homes.
“In the last 60 days, we have had five deaths because of home fires and that absolutely breaks our hearts because in almost every case, it’s preventable,” said Margo Taylor with the Red Cross.
On Saturday, volunteers with the America Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department went door-to-door in the community, educating residents about simple fire prevention tips.
“Always to keep an eye on what you are cooking. Never to walk out of the room. Don’t smoke in bed. That’s kind of obvious and we don’t want children playing with matches or firewood without supervision. And we want to talk to them about a home fire safety plan, that includes a fire escape plan,” said Taylor.
Taylor said that thanks to members of the community donating their time to help educate others about fire safety, the Muskegon Heights Fire Department and the Red Cross are able to provide not only smoke alarms, but also support for others in time of emergency.
“We love getting involved together with community partners. As you know, the Red Cross is 24/7/365. We are always there when there is an emergency,” said Taylor.
The Red Cross also advises that smoke alarms be replaced every ten years.