Cloquet Fire Dept. and Red Cross want you to know about smoke detectors
By Josh Schuder
June 6, 2015 Updated June 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM CDT
Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Smoke detectors may not be on your mind very often, but they should be.
The American Red Cross and Cloquet Fire Department are going door to door, offering free smoke detector installations to anyone who needs it.
The American Red Cross and the Cloquet Fire Department want you to know about smoke detectors.
The two organizations are teaming up to spread awareness of the device's value in living safely.
"A lot of the smoke detectors in the homes here are older than ten years and we're just in the neighborhood letting them know that we have smoke detectors," said Captain Sarah Buhs with the Cloquet Fire Department.
Buhs says smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every ten years.
"Not having a working smoke alarm in your home is like not having a smoke alarm at all. There's about an average of three minutes for someone to get out of their home if there's a fire in there and you need those smoke detectors working to alert you."
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of a home.
The alarms are especially important near and inside bedrooms.
"When you're sleeping at night your sense of smell shuts down, so if there's smoke in your home you won't smell that," said Buhs. "You won't wake up to it. You'll only wake up to the smoke alarms."
But fire preparedness doesn't end with smoke detectors.
Spokespeople with the Red Cross say families should have an established escape plan and meeting place in case the worst does occur.
"One of the biggest risks is when people leave the home because there's a fire and they think somebody's still in the home, they go back in and end up getting injured or killed and so we really want to identify a plan for people, so they can come up with a family plan," said Dan Williams with the American Red Cross.
Keeping Northland families safe, one house at a time.
If you need a smoke or carbon monoxide detector in your home, you can call your local Red Cross.
The Northland chapter can be reached at: 218-722-0071