Red Cross and fire department to install free smoke alarms

Working in conjunction with the Milford Fire Department, the American Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms in Milford residences on Saturday, June 16.

During the home installations, Red Cross volunteers will provide fire safety instructions and escape plans. Information on protecting one’s family from other disasters, including weather events such as hurricanes, will also be provided.  

“Every day, seven people are killed and another 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires,” Milford fire officials said in a press release. “Annually, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters — the vast majority of which are home fires. For survivors who may have lost everything, a Red Cross volunteer is often among the first on the scene — offering emotional support, helping families find a place to stay and assisting with recovery.”

To save lives and help end fire tragedies, the Red Cross launched a nationwide Home Fire Campaign in 2014. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 20%.

Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late.

“We urge that every household create a fire escape plan and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes,” fire officials said. “Escape plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance where family members can unite. Then discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.”

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half and should be tested once a month.

Fire officials say people should change the batteries twice a year in conjunction with daylight savings time. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level in the home, including inside and outside of bedrooms.

To schedule an appointment, call 877-287-3327 and choose "option 1" for a free smoke alarm installation.