Smoke detectors could prevent many deadly fires

Capital News Service
LANSING – Some Michigan residents fail to recognize the importance of smoke detectors, creating a risk of serious injuries and deaths, safety experts say. Christine Jackson, who owns an apartment building in Jackson, said it has been a difficult task to keep her tenants safe. “As landlord, I am required by the city to provide operational smoke detectors, but tenants fail to maintain them. Either the batteries are taken out, or the smoke detectors are completely removed from the wall,” she said. According to Ronald Farr, the state fire marshal, communities nationwide each year witness tragic home fire deaths related to lack of smoke detectors.