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Red Cross and Cottage Grove Partner to Install Smoke Alarms

Nationwide campaign aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries

As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign, local Red Cross volunteers are teaming up with Cottage Grove Public Safety to install free smoke alarms and teach residents how to prepare for home fires.

"In Minnesota, the Red Cross responds to more than 500 disasters every year, most of them home fires. Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half," said Phil Hansen, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region.

Dates and Times
Red Cross Volunteers will be at the Cottage Grove Fire Department Open House at Fire Hall #2 at 8641 80th Street S. on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sharing information and scheduling installation appointments for Saturday, October 17. From 10 a.m. to  2 p.m., on October 17, teams will install smoke alarms where needed, share vital home fire safety information and teach residents what to do if a fire breaks out in their home.  

To schedule a smoke alarm installation appointment please call (612) 460-3874.  

For more information about the Cottage Grove campaign, please contact Richard Lyden at (651) 434-4399.

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.

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.

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.

In addition, 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?

For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visit