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Red Cross and Lakefield Partners to Install Smoke Alarms

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Nationwide campaign aims to reduce the number of home fire deaths, injuries

As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign, local Red Cross volunteers are teaming up with the City of Lakefield and Jackson County Emergency Management to teach Lakefield residents how to prepare for home fires and installing free smoke alarms where needed.

“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 Jennifer Hyk, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.

Dates and Times
Volunteers will be canvassing predesignated areas in Lakefield on Monday, September 28 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., letting residents know about the program and scheduling installation appointments. Teams will return on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. – noon to install alarms, share vital home fire safety information and teach residents what to do if a fire breaks out in their home.  All Lakefield residents are eligible for the program.

Event Volunteers Needed
The Red Cross is looking for additional local volunteers to help with canvassing and installation appointments. To schedule a smoke alarm installation appointment for October 3 or if you would like to volunteer, please call Lakefield City Hall at (507) 662-5457.

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 chances of surviving a fire. They include:

--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 serving Southwest Minnesota
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota serves more than 360,000 people in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Watowan and Yellow Medicine counties. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn.  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.