Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster- and the vast majority of these are home fires. “Home fires can be a deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” said Michele Liberty, Maui Red Cross Director. “We are urging Maui residents to ensure that they have working smoke alarms in their homes.” In the United States, home fires kill more people each year than all other natural disasters combined.
Working with fire departments and community groups across the entire country, the American Red Cross installs smoke alarms in homes in neighborhoods at high risk for home fires. In the last two years, more than half a million smoke alarms have been installed as part of the Home Fire Campaign.
The Maui Red Cross is planning for upcoming smoke alarm installations in Maui County. Those in need of smoke alarms can call the Maui Red Cross office at 808-244-0051 to sign up.
The American Red Cross is also asking every household in America to take some simple steps that can help prevent home fires and save lives.
INSTALL AND TEST SMOKE ALARMS:
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half:
- Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
- Test smoke alarms once a month.
- Change the batteries at least once a year – if your model requires it.
- Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
MAKE A PLAN:
People may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. Everyone should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with all household members and practice it until everyone – including children – can escape in less than two minutes
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS:
The Red Cross Emergency App includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. Parents can download the Monster Guard App to help their children learn what to do and how to protect themselves. Both apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or by going to redcross.org/apps.