Red Cross and fire department to install smoke alarms and teach people fire safety in La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM RED CROSS)-- The American Red Cross - Southwest WI Chapter and the La Crosse Fire Department will be canvassing the La Crosse community as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent within five-years.

The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

Teams of community volunteers, fire department personnel and the Red Cross members will be going through neighborhoods selected by the Fire Department on Saturday, April 22nd . If you are interested in supporting the event, please pre-register at:

We will meet at the Station 1 Fire House, 726 5th Avenue, for orientation and training at 8:30a.m., divide into team, and then install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home.

To register to make an appointment to have up to three free smoke alarms installed in your home you can go to the following website: or text the word ALARM to 844-811-0100.

“I have worked with fire victims who have awaken to a smoke-filled home or been woken by a passer-by early in the morning. It is scary to think what might have happened if no warning was there to alert them, or if they did not wake up in time. Smoke alarms give you the warning you need to get out quickly,” shared Michelle Tischer, the Disaster Program Manager.

Simple Steps to Save Lives
The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home, Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in half. “Modern furnishings allow today’s fires to engulf a room in a fraction of the time that it did 30-40 years ago. Having properly placed, working smoke detectors is the simplest and most important tool that one can have to alert everyone in the home to get out quickly while the fire is in its earliest stages, ” stated Lieutenant Cash of the La Crosse Fire Department.

There are several additional things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
· If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
· If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
· Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
· Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?

The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In the Southwest WI Chapter the Red Cross responded to 122 home fires last year. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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