Have you changed your smoke detector batteries?

Did you know that the American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year, and 93 percent of these were fire related? It is no different here in Chicagoland; in 2007 the Greater Chicago chapter responded to 1,200 local disasters and 90% of those were residential fires.

But, preventing home fires doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment or training, and the American Red Cross is here to help! Join our battle fighting fires with the Team Firestopper program, and help stop a fire from sparking in your own home.

How you may ask?!? Start by taking a look at your smoke alarms!

    • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly, or as soon as you hear a low-battery warning which usually sounds like a “chirping” noise.

 

  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.

 

  • And, smoke alarms wear out, so remember to replace your smoke alarm every 10 years!

 

Want more tips about how to be fire safe? Check out our website at www.chicagoredcross.org/tfs!

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