Red Cross to install 1,000 smoke detectors in La Crosse

Red Cross: Can never be over prepared

About 65-percent of all fire-related deaths happen in homes that do not have functioning smoke alarms.

The American Red Cross is now working to reduce that number by installing 1,000 smoke alarms in Wisconsin homes. On Saturday Red Cross volunteers will be on La Crosse’s south side offering to install the alarms.

Statistics show working smoke alarms cut the risk of death in half.
Organizers for the Red Cross say when it comes to fire safety there is no such thing as being over prepared.

“Two things people can do to help their families plan for potential house fire disasters are to have working smoke alarms installed in their home and to plan and practice an emergency fire escape plan with their family,” said American Red Cross Disaster Program manager Ben Hein.

The volunteers will be out in the Powell-Pogue-Hamilton Neighborhood Saturday morning from 9 until 2 in the afternoon.