Free Smoke Detectors available for low income families



Submitted by:  American Red Cross

Midland/Gladwin Chapter
220 W Main St, Suite 104
Midland MI 48640
(989) 631-3262

The Midland County Fire Chief’s Association and the Midland/Gladwin Chapter of the American Red Cross are sponsoring a county wide Operation Smoke Detector campaign that will provide FREE smoke detectors to low income Midland County residents.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that smoke detectors that are correctly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries, and have contributed to an almost 50% decrease in fire deaths since the late 1970’s.    An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke detectors. 65% of reported home fire deaths between 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors (”U.S. Experience with Smoke Detectors and Other Fire Detection/Detector Equipment”, by Marty Ahrens, April 2007).

Operation Smoke Detector has been made available thanks to the generous funding received from the Midland Area Community Foundation, the May Mitchell Royal Foundation, the Midland/Gladwin Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Midland County Fire Chief’s Association in cooperation with the Midland County Fire Service Training Committee.

Interested Midland County residents should contact the American Red Cross at (989) 631-3262 ext 0.  Residents will be asked a series of questions during this intake process, including annual household income.  Residents may receive between two and five free smoke detectors for the home, based on home size, number of stories, and number of bedrooms.  These smoke detectors will either be delivered by the local fire department of can be picked up at the Red Cross Office in Midland.