SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms.
It's all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm.
Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020.
Because during a house fire, every second counts; especially during the winter season.
Close to one-thousand people die in house fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration which adds that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
During the holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing with seasonal effects. We also see an uptick in home fires caused by home heating appliances (actually the second leading cause of home fires) – as last week's snow showed us, we are not immune to winter weather in the deep South, according to Red Cross.
Everyone qualifies for a free smoke alarm and up to three smoke alarms will be provided to households; however, Red Cross says the smoke alarms must be installed by trained volunteers.
To receive your free smoke alarm, call (337) 656-0835 or stop by the main office located at 3512 Kirkman St. in Lake Charles.