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Red Cross Teams Up with Mankato to Install Free Smoke Alarms

MANKATO, Minn., March 14, 2016 – The American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota is teaming up with the city of Mankato to install free smoke alarms and teach families fire safety on Saturday, April 9.

“Home fires claim more lives in an average year than all major natural disasters combined,” said Jennifer Hyk, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota. “Smoke alarms can save lives and we’re partnering with the city of Mankato to enhance community safety.”

Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing targeted neighborhoods in Mankato on Monday, March 28 sharing information and scheduling installations.

“The city of Mankato supports this initiative because it benefits people we serve and aligns with work we do,” says Jeff Bengtson, Deputy Director of Public Safety. “Mankato Department of Public Safety staff educate about the importance of smoke alarms because they provide early warning so residents can get outside quickly.”

To request a smoke alarm installation, community members can call (612) 460-3674 or visit

On Saturday, April 9 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. 

Additional Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for canvassing teams on March 28 and installation teams on April 9. For more information and to sign up, call (507) 387-6664, x1504 or email

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 American Red Cross and thousands of Home Fire Campaign partners have helped save at least 77 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.

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

 About the American Red Cross 
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  Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.


Jennifer Hyk, Executive Director
American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota  (507) 387-6664 x1502