Red Cross of Wyoming: Check your smoke alarms

JACKSON, Wyo. — As the weather gets colder, more and more people will start heating their homes to stay nice and cozy warm from the harsh Wyoming winter weather.

More heat means more heating hazards, which can cause fires if not maintained properly; like this fireplace that started a small fire north of Jackson in June. Because of this, the American Red Cross of Wyoming (ARCW) is encouraging people to check their smoke alarms.

“The threat of home fires — which are most often caused by cooking and heating equipment — increases with the holidays and cold weather,” ARCW said.

The statement follows after several homes in Wyoming have caught fire so far this fall. There have been five displaced families from house fires in Wyoming since Oct. 20, or roughly two weeks ago.

This fall, please prepare your household by following the steps below.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan.

 

As you turn your clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, please also test your smoke alarms.

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Posted by American Red Cross of Wyoming on Thursday, October 29, 2020

 

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