“They are very important because they are your only way of knowing that there is a fire, especially if you are asleep.” he said.
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Volunteers installed the detectors and showed residents how to properly do it themselves, emphasizing that a smoke detector should be placed as high up as possible because that’s the direction that smoke and heat travel.
William Napier lives in Harvest Square mobile home park. He already had two smoke detectors installed in his home and said it was important for everyone to do have them.
“If you want to save your butt, you better have one. It can happen to anybody,” Napier said.
According to the Red Cross an average of seven people are killed and another 36 are injured in house fires every day in the United States. Studies have shown that having working smoke alarms in a home increases the chances of survival by 50 percent, the Red Cross said.
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“It will alert you to something going on and have you investigate and hopefully save your life by getting you out of the building,” Keller said.
In the six-county Northern Miami Valley area, the Red Cross installed more than 1,700 free smoke alarms last year in a campaign that they said has saved more than 150 lives.