The American Red Cross in partnership with the Hannibal Fire Department will be installing free smoke alarms in Hannibal on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 14.

The American Red Cross in partnership with the Hannibal Fire Department will be installing free smoke alarms in Hannibal on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Installation is by appointment only, so Hannibal residents are urged to call the Red Cross at 217-222-2477, ext. 7485 to schedule a smoke alarm installation appointment. Volunteers from the Red Cross and the Hannibal Fire Department will provide and install the smoke alarms and share home fire preparedness information with the residents.

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 the Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

 

Simple steps to save lives

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

• Test alarms often

• 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.