Graafschap Fire Department members and volunteers from Third Coast Community Church went door-to-door at two mobile home communities on Saturday, Sept. 23, to install free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“A big part of Community Risk Reduction is home safety. Many of the homes in the manufactured housing communities lack proper detectors,” said Dave Grumney, Captain, Training & Health/Safety for the Graafschap Fire Department.
They installed 135 smoke detectors and 27 carbon monoxide detectors at the Shangrai La Mobile Home Community, 6180 Blue Star Highway, in Laketown Township, and the Country Acres Mobile Home Park, A-5904 142nd Ave., in Fillmore Township. Graafschap Fire Department covers all of Laketown Township and part of Fillmore Township.
If residents weren’t home, a note was left at the door.
“I have five messages from residents that weren’t home, but saw the flier we left,” Grumney said on Tuesday. He’s scheduling those installations now.
If you need a detector, call the fire department from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (616) 396-4060.
“We will schedule a time to come out, evaluate their residence for proper placement, and make the installations,” Grumney said.
The department offers free home safety inspections, free blood pressure checks on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the firehouse, 4534 60th St., short- and long-term rental inspections, and quarterly blood drives.
The detectors came from the Michigan State Fire Marshall’s office as part of a grant. In August, a crew from Escape Ministries prepared the units, affixing adhesive strips to the devices so no drilling was necessary for installation.
“We are happy to be working with our business and civic partners in the community. Third Coast Community Church was a great help on this campaign,” Grumney said.