Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to install free smoke alarms

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to install free smoke alarms

FALKVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and the Falkville Fire Department will be working together in Falkville, on October 29 starting at 9 a.m. to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years.

The Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.

People can register for their free smoke alarm and installation during the Falkville Fall Festival on October the 8 or by contacting the Red Cross North Alabama Chapter at 256-536-0084.

People can visit Red Cross Homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting the North Alabama Chapter at 256-536-0084.

"Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we're joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms," said Hilary Trapani, Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Lead, North Alabama.

Even as the Red Cross and other groups install smoke alarms in some neighborhoods, they are calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives:

  • (1) Create and practice their home fire escape plan
  • (2) Check their smoke alarms.

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don't work, replace them.

Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.Practice that plan. What's the household's escape time?

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