Hills biz donates smoke alarms to fire department

MAHLE Industries Inc. recently donated several dozen smoke alarms to help Farmington Hills fire fighters increase fire safety awareness – and ultimately save lives.

MAHLE smoke detector donation
From left: York Heiliger, MAHLE HR Manager, Andrew Staub, Paid on Call Firefighter/EMT, Lee Panoushek, Deputy Chief, Alexander Bradford, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jason Olszewski, Fire Marshal, Annie Kushner, MAHLE EHS Coordinator, Amira Lewis, Secretary to the Fire Marshal, Jarod Foshag, Sergeant/Paramedic, Staff Lieutenant James Neufeld, and Staff Lieutenant Larry Gauthier.

The lithium battery-operated smoke alarms have a 10-year life span, which the Fire Department recommends.

MAHLE, a German automotive supplier with North American headquarters located in Farmington Hills, created this initiative to recognize Fire Prevention Month.

“MAHLE has a strong commitment to the health and safety of our employees,” said Annie Kushner, MAHLE’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. “Donating the smoke alarms gave us the opportunity to partner with the Fire Department and extend that commitment to our neighbors.”

The Fire Department recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms without lithium-powered batteries, and battery replacement 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 percent of smoke alarm failures.

“With help from businesses like MAHLE, 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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