RENO, NV (October 30, 2019)— As daylight savings time ends this Sunday morning, the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada reminds residents to check and replace smoke alarm batteries to protect against home fires
Don’t have a working smoke alarm? Then it’s a great time to get a free smoke alarm offered by the Red Cross through its Home Fire Campaign. This is a free service and there is no obligation to Northern Nevada residents. During the installation visit, Red Cross volunteers will share education information and help residents customize evacuation plans.
To request a free smoke alarm installation, contact the Red Cross hotline number at 775-954-1185. Leave a name, address, and phone number. Calls will be returned within 48 hours. For more information, visit the Home Fire Campaign website at https://www.redcross.org/local/nevada/about-us/our-work/home-fire-campaign.html.
Since July 1, Red Cross volunteers in Northern Nevada have responded to 50 home fires and installed 385 smoke alarms in area homes. A working smoke alarm can be key to saving lives. Just consider these facts:
- On average, seven people die every day from a home fire.
- You have two minutes to escape a burning house.
- Three of every 5 home-fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or alarms not working.
- Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from fire in half.
If your home does have working smoke alarms, remember to practice your fire escape plan with family members twice a year; have a meeting spot where everyone can meet at a safe distance. Ensure children know what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when they hear it go off. Want to learn more? Visit redcross.org for information and tips on preventing home fires.
About the Northern Nevada Chapter
The American Red Cross of Northern Nevada serves 13 counties and over 87,000 square miles. Its more than 200 volunteers respond to disasters both locally and nationally in addition to providing training on CPR and community preparedness. The chapter has served northern Nevada for more than 100 years. The American Red Cross of Northern Nevada receives generous support from the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Follow us at: @RedCrossUtahNV.