About MI Prevention

MI Prevention Community Risk Reduction

MI Prevention, formerly the Michigan Community Risk Reduction Task Force, was created in 2017. 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, and through community outreach.

Thanks to the hard work of more than 80 task force volunteers, a FEMA fire prevention grant has been 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 and CO alarms, 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 two-year period by our volunteers, those most at risk include Michigan citizens over the age of 40. In 2018, 63 percent of the 139 fire fatalities in Michigan involved adults 40+ years of age. As such, the FEMA funded grant was awarded to target Michigan citizens over the age of 40 and male, adults 60 years of age and older, children 0-9 years of age and Michigan citizens living in poverty.

The State Fire Marshal and MI Prevention, thank all participants in the statewide smoke and CO alarm 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 working 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