Firefighters in Cheboygan County offering free smoke detectors through federal grant


    The Iverness Fire Department received a shipment of 108 detectors through the State Fire Marshal's Community Risk Reduction Program.

    CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A group of firefighters in Cheboygan County is pushing a safety message by offering to install new smoke detectors in your home free of charge.

    The Iverness Fire Department received a shipment of 108 detectors through the State Fire Marshal's Community Risk Reduction Program.

    "Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on every level of your home," explained Rob Socha, Iverness Township Firefighter.

    With the detectors, firefighters hope to reverse the number of fire deaths in Michigan, which hit 135 last year according to the Fire Marshal.

    Along with the smoke detectors, the department also has fire safety cards available to help families with creating a life-saving plan.

    "When there's a fire you have three minutes to get out of a home, just three minutes. That's why having the proper amount of smoke detectors is important," said Socha.


    Socha said it's also important to sleep with bedroom doors closed, which could mean the difference between life and death in a fire.

    You can contact Rob Socha with Iverness Township Fire Department at: 231-420-0391.

    If you don't live in the Cheboygan County community, call you local fire department regarding free smoke detectors available in your area.

    Here are some tips on creating a fire safety home plan.

    You can download a fire escape planning tip sheet by clicking here.

    Download a grid to create a fire escape plan of your home by clicking here.




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