Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
MI Prevention was created in 2017 with a group of volunteers across the State of Michigan that developed a 3-year strategic plan to reduce fire fatalities across our State. Our mission is to provide sustainable community risk reduction programs to minimize fire deaths, injuries, and property loss within the state of Michigan. We will achieve our goals by fostering collaborative relationships, implementing education programs, establish data and analytics and develop more strategic community outreach.
A FEMA fire prevention grant was awarded for the MI Prevention program initiated by the State of Michigan, Bureau of Fire Services to implement the installation of smoke and CO alarms in at-risk homes statewide. Our approach on fire safety includes installing smoke alarms and CO detectors, as well as a smoke alarm campaign kit (SACk) with fire safety education and a free home assessment to identify potential fire hazards within the home to reduce future fire fatalities across Michigan.
Through the data established and documented over a four-year period by our volunteers, we can see trends that gives us more insight into our fatal fire issues. The #1 cause of fatal fires is smoking, and those most at risk include Michigan citizens over the age of 40. We also know that most fires originated in the living room with the victims being found within inches of the front door and more fires occur within the hours of 6pm and 6am. Through these fire fatalities and with our smoke alarm home installations we are finding that most homes do not have working smoke alarms.
Our trends are validating that we need to improve education on fire behavior, find new and improved ways of educating on the need of escape plans and get more working smoke alarms into homes.
The State Fire Marshal and MI Prevention, thanks all participants in the statewide smoke alarm and CO detector installation program. With the help of organizations and fire departments across the state, we are hopeful that we will achieve our goal to reduce the number of structure fires statewide, and thereby protecting the health and safety of our citizens and firefighters. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to keep our communities safe.
For questions or assistance regarding MI Prevention, please contact: Kymberly Pashkowsky MI Prevention Program Coordinator Phone: 616-250-4147 Email: PashkowskyK@michigan.gov