Red Cross ‘Home Fire Campaign’ will install smoke alarms in your house for free

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the biggest disaster threat people face in the United States. It is also the disaster the group responds to the most.

"102 lives have been saved through this campaign in the United States," said North Alabama Home Fire Campaign Lead Hilary Trapani.

The American Red Cross 'Home Fire Campaign' brings fire alarms to those who need them in an effort to prevent house fires.

"Basically we work with community partners to go in and provide and install for free, smoke alarms for those who are at risk for home fires," said Trapani.

They also provide fire escape plans and safety checklists with the installations. Trapani said when it comes to smoke alarms it's good to be vigilant.

"You don't necessarily have to have one in every room, but one that would access multiple rooms, just where you feel that there is a need to have one," she said.

The smoke alarms the Red Cross uses last up to ten years. Trapani said they need help in spreading the word about this campaign.

"We need the community involvement, the only way that the community is going to be resilient from home fires is to be involved," she said.

If you're interested in the home fire campaign, all you have to do is contact the local Red Cross and tell them you're in need of a smoke alarm.

Since the 'Home Fire Campaign' started, nearly 450,000 smoke alarms have been installed in all 50 states.