With more than 50 fire deaths in Michigan so far this year, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer has announced a statewide community risk reduction initiative. He spoke with Michigan News Network about who is the most at risk.
“The largest group, if you look at the last 15 months, over the age of 60, and what we’re finding with a lot of these folks is that they don’t have working smoke alarms in their houses,” Sehlmeyer said. “They may have smoke alarms, but the batteries aren’t working any longer.”
Sehlmeyer says they will work on teaching people about fire safety and putting up more smoke alarms in homes. He says in half of the deadly fires in Michigan this year, the victims did not have a working smoke detector.