Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. To make sure those in need have them, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers, the Honolulu Fire Department and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, Local 1186, will be installing free smoke alarms in local homes and sharing fire safety tips June 6 to 10.
The free smoke alarm installations are for seniors, those who cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms, and those physically unable to install them. Installations are by appointment only; call 739-8111.
The American Red Cross is also asking every household to:
>> Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.
>> Test smoke alarms once a month.
>> Change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it.
>> Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
>> Develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. Everyone should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with all household members and practice it until everyone, including children, can escape in less than two minutes.
>> Download the free Emergency app by the American Red Cross for content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. Parents can also download the free Monster Guard app, a fun game, to help kids learn what to do and how to protect themselves from hazards. Visit redcross.org/apps.