Red Cross, fire departments team up for smoke alarm installation blitz

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- In the United States, an average of seven people a day die as a result of home fires. The Red Cross is working to change that with their Home Fire Preparedness Program, which wants to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent in five years.

To do this, they are partnering with local fire departments to install smoke alarms. The Red Cross will install them for free. You can call 314-516-2797 to make an installation appointment.

This weekend, the Red Cross is holding a smoke alarm installation blitz in north St. Louis County.

Some basic tips for everyone’s home fire safety:

  • Cooking safety:  Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.
  • Smoking safety: Never smoke in bed.
  • Children Playing: Keep matches and lighters locked away and out of reach of children.
  • Fireplaces & Space Heaters: Furniture, curtains, dish towels and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.