The American Red Cross and the Minneapolis Fire Department are teaming up to install free smoke alarms and share home fire safety information with local residents.
“Home fires claim more lives in an average year in the United States than all major natural disasters combined,” says Phil Hansen, CEO for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Smoke alarms can save lives and make our communities safer."
Red Cross volunteers and Minneapolis firefighters will canvass targeted neighborhoods and install smoke alarms on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Teams will install 10-year smoke alarms where needed, share vital home fire safety information, and teach residents what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Appointments typically take 20-30 minutes.
To request a smoke alarm installation for yourself or a loved one, call (612) 460-3674 or visit getasmokealarm.org or text “ALARM” to 844-811-0100.
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?
National American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. 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.
For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visit redcross.org/mn/homefires.