Free smoke alarms and installation available for local residents

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The American Red Cross of Nevada asks Reno-area residents to sign up to have smoke alarms installed for free.

The program is in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s community service. Red Cross volunteers install the alarms Monday, January 21. The deadline to sign up is January 18.

To sign up, call 775-954-1185.

Volunteers also customize fire escape plans.

The smoke alarm initiative is part of the Home Fire Campaign, launched by the Red Cross in 2014.

The Red Cross shared these statistics:

  • Every day seven people in this country die in a home fire and another 36 people are hurt. Most of these deaths occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms.

  • While cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, nearly 40 percent of people have forgotten to turn off a stove or oven.

  • People have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home.

  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a home fire in half.