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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Red Cross offers free smoke alarms


Free smoke alarms are available to homes in the Moose Lake Area Fire Protection District by the American Red Cross.

Tony Guerra, the Disaster Program Manager from the Duluth Chapter of the American Red Cross, announced that the program is available locally to the Moose Lake district board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 10.

“The free smoke alarms are provided through the Home Fire Campaign,” he told the board members and firefighters. “The goal is to reduce deaths by fire in the home by 25 percent.”

The funds for the smoke alarms are provided by a national government grant, Guerra added. Funding was also received from Enbridge.

“We have 40 fire departments in northern Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin, in the program,” he said.

Guerra said that the alarm may sound when the button is pushed on older smoke alarms, and people think that the alarm is still operable.

“The sensors wear out in eight to ten years,” he said. “They need to be replaced.”

The free smoke alarms come with someone to install them.

“We install them according to fire association standards,” said Guerra. “I want you guys (he indicated the firefighters) to walk away from a home (after installing a smoke alarm) knowing that you made that house safer.”

The recommendation is that there should be at least one smoke alarm for each level of the home.

“We have five or six smoke alarms that are for the deaf and hard of hearing,” he added.

Along with the free smoke alarms, firefighters will also ask people to have a fire escape plan and to practice it.

“Fire experts agree that people may have as little time as two minutes to escape a burning home before it is too late to get out,” it was stated in a press release. “We urge that every household create a fire escape plan and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes.

“Escape plans should include at least two ways to escape from each room. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance where family members can meet. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.

“Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home.”

The free smoke alarms are not available for commercial buildings, Guerra concluded.

To apply for free smoke alarms, residents in the City of Moose Lake, Moose Lake Township, Windemere Township and the east half of Silver Township may call the Moose Lake Fire Department at 218-485-4242 or send an email to


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