The Ferndale Fire Department has announced a new plan to provide free smoke alarms to Ferndale residents in need. The program is sponsored by the American Red Cross, which donated the initial stock of 30 smoke alarms.
Ferndale Fire Marshal Brian Batten said the promotion—a part of the Smoke Alarm in Every Home program—is meant to target community members who have difficulty purchasing and installing detectors.
"Our goal is to reach seniors, disabled people, families, and those for whom buying smoke alarms would be cost prohibitive," Batten said. "But we'll work with any citizen or family with the need."
The process includes more than a free detector: those who receive the alarms will be outfitted with as many as are needed for the home and they'll be delivered and installed by a member of the Ferndale Fire Department. At that time, a home fire safety inspection will also be performed free of charge.
"We come prepared with alarms, safety literature for kids and adults, and we'll even come back and change the batteries as needed," Batted said. "It's all about ensuring safe homes for our residents and their families."
If you're interested in receiving the service, or know of someone who could benefit, start by contacting the Ferndale Fire Prevention Bureau at 248-632-2096 or by email at [email protected] You'll be asked to provide your name, address, phone number, and a date and time for scheduling installation.
For more information, or to inquire about fire safety tips and information for your home and family, contact Batten at [email protected]