The RED CROSS is currently providing free smoke alarms to residents in need of new or replacement alarms. You can book one today by going to www.getasmokealarm.org or by calling the Quad Cities Red Cross: 309-277-4040.

The alarms and installation are free. Appointments to install the alarm only takes 20-30 minutes.

So, why should you install a smoke alarm?

A typical smoke detector will last 10 years. If yours is older than that, you should consider replacing it.

(From the Consumer Product Safety Commission) … Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That’s one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape.

About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fire in your home.