Smoke alarm installed by Fire Department credited for saving lives

Published on February 01, 2019

A photograph of a charred smoke detector credited for saving lives in house blaze

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Fire Marshal Ric Dokter is crediting the department’s Residential Safety Assessment Program for saving lives in a house fire on the city’s West Side. 

Grand Rapids firefighters earlier this week reported to a residence where the homeowner said a small fire had occurred in a bedroom, ignited by a candle. A family member had extinguished the fire with a portable fire extinguisher.

The homeowner and family members were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm that had been installed by Grand Rapids firefighters in 2013 as part of the department’s Residential Safety Assessment Program.

“This proves that working smoke alarms save lives and property,” Dokter said. “There were no injuries and the family was not displaced due to the fire.”
Dokter said the charred alarm, despite being in the direct path of the fire, continued to operate as designed. A replacement smoke alarm was installed by firefighters before they left the home.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department encourages homeowners to sign up for the free Residential Safety Assessment Program, which provides fire safety education and, if needed, fire crews install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in owner-occupied homes at no cost. To schedule a free home safety assessment or alarm installation, call 311 or 616.456.3000. For more information, CLICK HERE.