Mishawaka Fire To Distribute Smoke Alarms

The Mishawaka Fire Department is partnering with the American Red Cross to visit the Mishawaka neighborhood of Normain Heights and surrounding areas on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 starting at 11:00 am to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. 

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms,” said Jim Schuster, Fire Prevention Bureau Chief at Mishawaka Fire. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

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

  • Install smoke alarms. 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.
  • Test installed smoke alarms regularly. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Have an escape plan. 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?