Red Cross Offers Smoke Detector Replacement

Officials Say to Replace Smoke Detectors Every 10 Years

DULUTH, Minn. – With all the fires in the area lately officials remind everyone to make sure their smoke detectors are good to go.

The American Red Cross and area fire departments teamed up as part of the Home Fire Campaign, to reduce deaths and injuries by 25%.

The problem with most smoke detectors isn’t dead batteries, it’s age.  Smoke detectors have a 10–year lifespan.
Anyone who needs new smoke detectors, should get a hold of the Red Cross and volunteers will install them free of charge.  But smoke detectors are only part of a good fire plan.

“The two things that families can do is make sure they have smoke detectors that are less than ten years old and in the areas they need to be; and to have an escape plan,” said Dan Williams, Exceutive Director of the Northland and North Star chapters of the Red Cross.  “Not just an escape plan to get out of the house, but where they’re going to meet.”

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