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Red Cross and Partners Team up to Install Smoke Alarms in Pipestone

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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 Pipestone Fire Department to install free smoke alarms and teach residents how to prepare for home fires.

Home Fire Preparedness 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.In just one year, the Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving at least 26 lives. More than 63,000 families are safer thanks to the smoke alarms and safety education they received in their homes from Red Cross volunteers, firefighters and other community partners. And more than 311,000 children have learned to be safer in emergencies from Red Cross volunteers and apps.

“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.

Pipestone Smoke Alarm Installation

As part of the campaign, local Red Cross volunteers and the Pipestone firefighters are installing free smoke alarms on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Over the past three days, Pipestone firefighters canvassed neighborhoods sharing information about the program.

Residents can schedule a smoke alarm installation appointment for October 17 by calling (612) 460-3674 or visiting getasmokealarm.org. During appointments, 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. 

Event Volunteers Needed

The Red Cross is looking for additional local volunteers to help with installation. To volunteer, please contact Ellie Decker at (507) 387-6664 x 1504 or ellie.decker2@redcross.org

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?
  • For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visit redcross.org/homefires.

    the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn. 

    By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn.