In 2020, Grand Rapids
experienced a significant increase in fire fatalities with nine
lives lost in five fatal fires. Considering these fatalities,
the GRFD is seeking to significantly increase its approach to
“This new educational approach
aims to empower residents to create fire-safe environments
through information on installing and maintaining smoke and
carbon monoxide alarms for early detection and notification, as
well as creating exit strategies in case of fire emergency,”
said Fire Chief John Lehman, Grand Rapids Fire Department.
Grand Rapids Public Schools
will be leveraging all available communications channels to help
promote this fire safety campaign including the We Are GR
newspaper, We Are GR enews, social media, flyers home with
students, and more.
“We take great pride in the
longstanding partnership that exists between GRPS and the City
of Grand Rapids” said Larry Johnson, Chief of Staff and
Executive Director of Public Safety and School Security. “We are
excited to work together with our friends at the fire department
on this important fire safety campaign.”
The campaign will kick off in
March. The following is a tentative list of the monthly
March: Change your
clock/change your batteries, smoke alarm testing
safety, toxic fume awareness, outdoor grilling safety,
recreational fire safety.
May: Gearing up for
summer safety, arson awareness, and what to
do in a
fire emergency in a public building.
June: Fire safety
and the great outdoors, fireworks safety, and
July: Youth fire
safety, stop-drop-cover-and-roll, matches and lighters,
hazards in living spaces, fire safety for people with
disabilities, fire safety for older adults, fire safety for
September: Fire safety in
public places, tampering with smoke alarms,
monoxide safety, and 911 for emergencies.
October: Elements of a
fire-safe home, serving fire safety in the kitchen,
escape planning, and Halloween safety.
November: A fire-safe
Thanksgiving, electrical hazards, home heating,
December: Holiday fire safety,
candles and holiday décor hazards,
celebration safety, holiday cooking safety, and