Reduce the Risk of Fire

A Message from your American Red Cross, Andrew County Health Department and the Savannah Fire Department

The American Red Cross of Northwest Missouri, the Andrew County Health Department and the Savannah Fire Department are teaming up to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by ensuring all homes in Andrew County have working smoke alarms. 

On average 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. Last year, in Northwest Missouri, the Red Cross responded to more than 100 fires. 

fire_prevention.jpgFamilies are encouraged to take these three steps to help minimize their risk:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and check them monthly by pressing the test button
  • Create a fire escape plan identifying two escape routes from every room of the home and identifying a meeting place a short distance from the home where family members can meet after escaping
  • Practice the escape plan at least twice a year, paying particular attention to children or older adults who many require extra time and care

If you are in a need of a smoke alarm, one will be installed for you free of charge by calling the American Red Cross at 816-232-8439. Installation will be done by members of the Savannah Fire Department.

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