Lubbock's American Red Cross pushes free smoke detector installa

Lubbock's American Red Cross pushes free smoke detector installation program

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Every eight minutes the American Red Cross responds to a disaster and most are residential fires.

A lot of households use space heaters and fireplaces to ward off the cold, which significantly increase the possibility of sparking a blaze. So having a fully functional smoke detector is crucial and Red Cross volunteers are pushing a smoke detector installation program. 

"We at the Red Cross are responding to over 100 single family fires every year", said Laura Hann, the executive director of the American Red Cross here in Lubbock serving the South Plains. "So that's a hundred people here in our community who have a house fire, so we know there is a very real need to do things like provide smoke detectors as well as provide some very important education while we are in the homes." 

The way it works is Red Cross volunteers or firefighters will schedule a visit to your home and install a free smoke detector alarm and then will spend some time with your family creating a customized family escape plan and discuss fire safety tips. Lubbock Fire Rescue and Battery Joe's have also teamed up in the efforts to further extend the service. 

"Battery Joe actually contacted us," said Cpt. Kevin Ivy, with Lubbock Fire Rescue. They wanted to kind of do a community outreach and as they were kind of brainstorming on ideas and stuff they came up with you know batteries need to be changed twice a year on smoke detectors and they contacted us and we thought 'sure why not' do that." 

Hann also suggested that families practice their fire escape plan twice a year, review fire safety tips, test the smoke alarms, and replace batteries. For information on how to get a free smoke detector alarm installed you can visit the Lubbock's Red Cross website below or call the number also provided. 

American Red Cross Phone: (806) 765-8534

If you would like to get new smoke detector batteries or get them replaced, you can visit any Battery Joe locations or stop and visit any Lubbock fire station. 

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