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Red Cross To Install Smoke Alarms

By Staff | Mar 11, 2016

The American Red Cross will be going through Sistersville neighborhoods on Saturday, March 12 to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people what to do in case a fire breaks out in their home. Tyler County residents interested in a home visit for a free fire alarm installation should call 1-844-216-8286.

“Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire and we have witnessed that tragedy right here our chapter,” said Sharon Kesselring, Executive Director of the Northwest West Virginia Chapter. “There are simple steps every household can take right now to prevent home fires and save lives.” The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In West Virginia, the Red Cross assisted 1,000 families impacted by disasters last year and 70% of those were home fires. The American Red Cross will install 5,000 alarms in West Virginia over the coming year.

The American Red Cross and its partners have saved 25 lives and installed more than 100,000 smoke alarms in homes across the country. This accomplishment is part of a nationwide Red Cross Home Fire Campaign launched last October to reduce the number of people who die or are injured during a fire in their home. The campaign aims to save lives, reduce injuries and build more resilient communities through raising awareness, facilitating preventative actions and fostering community participation. The national goal is a 25% reduction in home fire deaths over the next five years.

Simple Steps to Save Lives

The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives. First, check their existing smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly and secondly practice fire drills at home. There are several other things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

– If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them.

– 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 on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, people can visit redcross.org or contact the American Red Cross West Virginia Region at 1-844-216-8286.