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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It's an annual Halloween message from the American Red Cross and the St. Louis Fire Department. Install smoke alarms in your home, check the batteries and practice a fire escape plan with your family.

On Saturday the St. Louis Fire Department and American Red Cross joined forces to help bring attention to the need for smoke detectors. More than 150 Red Cross volunteers and Firefighters from each engine house will install 800 smoke detectors in 200 homes all over the city throughout the weekend.

Crews are also replacing batteries and promoting safety in the community. Experts say a working having a smoke detector can cut the risk of death in house fire by 50 percent.

Officials also say at least 9 people die everyday from fires in the home. That`s a number they want to change. More than 3,300 fire calls are received across the country everyday. The Red Cross responds to over 70,000 natural disasters every year and over 90 percent of those are fires.

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