The Barry County Fire Association and
The applications will be available at MainStreet Savings
Bank, Township Offices, Commission on Aging, Coleman Insurance Agency, The
Chamber of Commerce, The Barry County United Way office, and your local fire
departments or use the form located on this page. You may also access an application on-line at
www.bcunitedway.org or www.hastings.mi.us.
Once the application is filled out and returned to
“We have been surprised by the number of homes with
one or less detector. In the last year
327 homes have been inspected, 799 devices installed, and 26% of the homes had
no working detector. These are much larger numbers than anticipated when the
grants were applied for,” states Lani Forbes of the
“It’s great that we received these grants to provide this program, if we can save one life it will be wonderful!” says Dave Middleton, Thornapple Fire Chief. According to the NFPA, the vast majority of fatal fires (60%) occur in homes without smoke alarms. A majority of those deaths that occur in homes with smoke alarms are a result of dead or missing batteries.
The Barry County Fire Association would like to also remind you of a few other fire related issues.
With heating bills soaring this winter there is a concern about using alternative heat sources that are not safe. The Fire Association reminds you to make sure that any alternative heat sources that you may use are rated for use indoors and are properly vented.
When you change your clocks this Saturday, don’t forget to change the batteries and test your smoke detectors.