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Free detectors in Kooskia, Stites for fire safety effort

Signup begins Feb. 21

The American Red Cross, Kooskia and Stites fire departments are holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.

This is part of a nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.

“Over the last 12 months, North Central Idaho has responded to more than 30 home fires. In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Denise Bacon, American Red Cross disaster action team leader. “Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”

Beginning Feb. 21, those who are interested in receiving free smoke detectors for their homes can call or stop by Kooskia City Hall at 208-926-4684 or Stites City Hall at 208-926-7121 and leave their name, address and phone number to be put on the list. Signups will be accepted until March 23. Volunteers will be contacting participants to set up installation date and times. Local volunteer fire fighters will install the free smoke detectors, and free batteries will be available for those who already having working smoke detectors.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

In Idaho, the Red Cross has installed 2,594 free smoke alarms, as well as served 852 youth and 368 seniors.


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