HOWLAND — The American Red Cross of Maine and the Howland Fire Department are teaming up to make town residents safer by installing free smoke alarms in their homes and teaching them about fire safety.
Howland residents can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192, extension 113, or going to soundthealarm.org/Maine. Home fire safety teams will perform the installations on Sunday, Nov. 25.
Home fires kill seven people every day in the United States — more than all other natural disasters combined. Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.
In addition to installing free smoke alarms, the services also include a check of batteries in existing alarms and battery replacement if needed and working with residents on escape plans.
The partnership between the Howland Fire Department and the Red Cross is part of an ambitious national campaign launched by the Red Cross to reduce home fire deaths by a quarter by 2020.
Three out of five of home fire deaths take place in homes where the smoke alarms weren’t working or a where there weren’t any smoke alarms at all.
To prevent these tragedies, the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014. This work is paying off. At least 472 lives – including those of eight Mainers – have been saved because of these efforts.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit MaineRedCross.org, like the American Red Cross of Maine on Facebook or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine.