LAGRANGE — The American Red Cross of Maine is teaming up with the LaGrange Fire Department to make homes safer with free smoke alarms and fire safety education.
Town residents can make appointments for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 207-874-1192 and choosing option 3 or by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine. Home fire safety teams will follow up with the installations.
“We want as many people as possible to take advantage of this free service. We know that home fires pose a real risk to the community,” said Red Cross Senior Disaster Program Manager Kristen Simas. “Having working smoke alarms in your home and an escape plan truly improves the chances of survival.”
Home fires kill seven people every day in the United States – more than all other natural disasters combined. Three out of five of those deaths take place in homes where the smoke alarms weren’t working or where there weren’t any smoke alarms at all.
Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death by half. In addition to installing free smoke alarms, the services also include a check of batteries in existing alarms and creating escape plans with residents.
The Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014. With its partners, the Red Cross has installed more than 1.9 million free smoke alarms and helped households create more than 706,000 escape plans.
This work is paying off. The Red Cross knows of 658 lives – including those of at least 11 Mainers – that have been saved because of these efforts.
To learn more, including how to prepare and prevent home fires, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine.
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, on Facebook @MaineRedCross, Twitter @ARC_Maine and Instagram @maineredcross.