Lyon Township Fire Department is partnering with area pizza companies to give away 100 free smoke alarms.
Lyon firefighters will follow the pizza companies as they deliver to Lyon homes. The firefighter will ask the homeowner if the house has a working smoke detector and if it does, the caller gets one free pizza, said Lyon Fire Marshal Don Collick.
If they don’t have a working smoke detector, they get either a new battery for the smoke detector they have or a new smoke detector and battery.
“This is for township residents in the need of smoke alarms,” he said. “We will go out there and install them. We want people to be safe. There’s not going to be any criteria — other than they have to be a township resident.”
Boomers and Palomino’s pizza shops, in Lyon, are joining in the fire alarm giveaway program, called “Did you Check,” which runs Nov. 13-27. Kidde, a smoke alarm manufacturing company, gave the township 100 smoke alarms and the township came up with a fun way to distribute them to residents.
The importance of fire alarms is evident when you consider more than 80 percent of U.S. fire deaths occur in the home, and studies show you can reduce your risk of injury or death by as much as 50 percent if there is a fire and you have a working smoke detector. While 90 percent of all homes have smoke detectors installed in them, one-third of them do not work.
“Did You Check?” is designed to improve home safety by checking for working smoke detectors, said recently-hired Lyon Fire Chief Ken Sparrentak, who brought the program to the township.
“I started this program in Ferndale and later in Walled Lake to great success and have found that it is a great opportunity to educate residents about fire safety and assure that they will have a working smoke detector in the home,” Sparrentak said.
Residents are also encouraged to call the fire department for a free alarm any time, said Collick, adding that when it’s necessary, firefighters will install the devices. Fourteen families have been identified by Active Faith as possible candidates for free alarms, Collick said.
The smoke alarms are valued at $15 and $25 each, Collick said.