New Farmington Hills temple donates smoke alarms

Press release

The ISKCON Temple of Farmington Hills has donated several dozen smoke alarms to the Farmington Hills Fire Department to help firefighters increase fire safety awareness and ultimately save lives.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
ISKON Temple smoke alarm donation
From left: Lee Panoushek, Deputy Fire Chief, Larry Gauthier, Staff Lieutenant, Naresh Mekala, and Jason Olszewski, Fire Marshal. Photo courtesy City of Farmington Hills

The donated smoke alarms are lithium battery-operated and have a ten-year lifespan, which is the type recommended by the Fire Department.

ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is opening up a Temple of Culture and Spirituality at 36600 Grand River in Farmington Hills this September and made the smoke alarm donation to help share their message of harmony. The Farmington Hills Fire Department encourages more local groups to give to the smoke alarm program, which depends on community contributions to make this lifesaving program a success.

The donated smoke alarms help to bring attention to the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2017 – “Every second counts, plan two ways out.” This theme encourages people to develop a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly. Having a working smoke alarm is a vital part of all fire escape plans since experts say you could have less than two minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

If you don’t have the recommended ten-year lithium battery-operated type of smoke alarm, the Fire Department reminds you to test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries twice per year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a person is twice as likely to die in a home fire where there are no working smoke alarms. In fires where smoke alarms did not operate, 46% had missing or disconnected batteries; dead batteries account for 24% of smoke alarm failures.

“With help from groups like ISKCON, we can reach our goal of ensuring that every home in Farmington Hills has working smoke alarms,” said Farmington Hills Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski. “If the unfortunate day ever comes when you have a fire in your home, a working smoke alarm will help you and your family get out safely and reunite at your designated meeting place.”

If you need help installing a smoke alarm or would like details about the free smoke alarm installation program, contact the Farmington Hills Fire Prevention Division at 248-871-2820.

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