When was the last time you checked your smoke alarms? While most people know to change the batteries of their alarms, many do not realize that the alarms themselves also expire after 10 years. The American Red Cross is leading a Home Fire Campaign that aims to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in the U.S. by 25% by 2020.
Recognizing that a working smoke alarm can double a person’s chances of surviving a home fire, the Red Cross is installing free smoke alarms in homes across the nation in neighborhoods that are high-risk for fires. Since the initiative launched in 2014, the Red Cross has installed more than 570,000 alarms, making hundreds of thousands of homes and families safer – and even saving more than 100 lives.
In December 2016, the BIC team spent a day with the American Red Cross and Stamford Fire Department installing smoke alarms in homes in Stamford, Conn. and educating families about home fire safety. The residents were guided through fire prevention and emergency procedures, which included creating a two-minute home fire escape plan and identifying fire hazards around their own home.
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by learning more about home fire safety.