Smoke alarms available for people in need in Wisconsin, Minnesota

Free smoke alarms are available to help homeowners avoid injury.

The American Red Cross, along with other organizations, will install free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford or are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.

The program, which started in 2014, has been used by hundreds of people in Wisconsin.

890 people die in winter home fires each year, according to the U-S Fire Administration.

When seconds matter, a smoke detector can be the difference between life and death.

“It’s unfortunate but today’s building materials and everything else, houses when they catch on fire, you only have about two minutes to get out of the house, so the sooner you can be alerted and with a smoke alarm, people can then be alerted a lot faster,” said Tom Mooney, Red Cross of Wisconsin chief operating officer.

2 billion dollars in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.

Information about the program is available at GetASmokeAlarm.org.

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