A simple way to make your home safer

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – More than 100 American Red Cross volunteers took to the streets last month to install smoke detectors and conduct home fire safety education sessions along the Wasatch front. Two events were held in West Jordan and Rose Park with nearly two hundred homes served by the American Red Cross.

It’s all part of the national Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign, which aims to install free smoke alarms and help educate residents and families about fire prevention.

The Red Cross says every second counts when there’s a home fire. To help protect your home, fire officials suggest you test your smoke alarms monthly and practice a fire escape plan until everyone can get out. safely in less than two minutes. Prevention and safety recommendations include:

• The sooner an alarm warns you of a fire, the sooner you can get out. This is essential as fire experts say you may have less than two minutes to escape a burning house before it’s too late.
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
• In addition to testing your alarms once a month, change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it.
• Also check the manufacturer’s date of your smoke alarms. If they are 10 years old or older, they probably need to be replaced as components such as batteries can become less reliable. Follow your alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

To visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including a fire escape plan to create and practice with your household.

Red Cross volunteers and community partners met one-on-one with families in at-risk communities to share home fire safety information and install free smoke alarms where it is safe to do so. To do.

Volunteers cover during visits the following:
• Create your fire escape plan, including at least two ways out of every room in your home.
• Select a meeting place a safe distance from your home, such as your neighbor’s house or a landmark such as a specific tree in your front yard where everyone knows to meet.
• Take the time to discuss the plan with everyone in your household and practice it at least twice a year.
• As you practice your escape plan, teach children what a smoke alarm looks like. Talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.

If you are interested in smoke alarms in your home, sign up to receive up to 3 FREE smoke alarms, visit soundthealarm.org/Utah.

Donations support vital services for all in need. Help families prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires by donating to SoundTheAlarm.org or by texting the word ALARM to 90999 to donate $15.

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