Red Cross to install free smoke alarms as part of home preparedness campaign

Red Cross to install free smoke alarms as part of home preparedness campaign

(WTVM) - The American Red Cross of West Central Georgia will be visiting door to door in the Columbus community as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

The Red Cross will be going through the Columbus community on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to canvass neighborhoods to see the community's needs for smoke detectors and offering to install free smoke detectors if they are needed.

Seven times a day someone in America dies in a home fire and countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires.

Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

"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 Adelaide Kirk, Executive Director – American Red Cross of West Central Georgia.  "We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire."

Simple Steps to Save Lives

The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home,

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?

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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