Regulars and Shorts

Briefly Noted: Free Smoke Alarms

By Sophie Silverstone

They’ll even come install it for you!

– by Staff.

Is your smoke alarm sitting on top of the cookbooks, batteries out, because it starts screeching every other time you bake or grill? There is a new type of smoke alarm that avoids that problem. The Kidde (formerly Firex) sealed lithium battery power smoke alarm (I9010) has a “hush” feature to silence nuisance alarms. The built-in battery lasts 10 years. The alarm sells for $30 ($20 on Amazon). But The American Red Cross is giving them away — they will even show up and install it for you — as long as supplies last. Saving lives and preventing disasters is dear to their hearts. If a fire starts in your home, you have two minutes to escape, according to the American Red Cross. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the risk of death from a home fire by 50%. Call them to set up an appointment, or pick up one yourself, next time you’re at the hardware story or shopping online. Kidde smoke alarm, model I9010.

American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, 801.323.7004.

This article was originally published on July 23, 2015.