March is Red Cross Month: Smoke alarms

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March has been designated American Red Cross Month.  Red Cross officials are reminding everyone to test the batteries in their smoke alarms. 

Jason Keeling, American Red Cross said, “Around 39 people died in 2017 in West Virginia because their smoke alarms didn’t work.”

It’s something Red Cross officials stress every time there’s a fire: working smoke alarms.

“Home fires are one of the most common disasters that happen in the nation.  In West Virginia the American Red Cross is working to encourage people to make sure they have working smoke alarms because if they don’t it can be fatal,” said Keeling. 

  

Officials said turning our clocks forward as Daylight Saving Time begins provides the perfect opportunity to check those smoke detectors.

Statistics show three out of five home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarm.

Keeling added, “We can prevent it and the American Red Cross is moving forward with its home fire campaign to let people know about the importance of working smoke alarms.”

Emergency officials recommend all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month.  

“Also, we will install smoke alarms in homes particular in at risk populations.”

For more information on the Red Cross’s home fire campaign, click here

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