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Red Cross offers Bozeman homeowners free smoke alarm checks, installations

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 12:45:57-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Over the weekend, a family lost their home and two of their dogs to a devastating house fire.

The American Red Cross in Bozeman says a tool that could go a long way to prevent things like this is a smoke alarm.

After hearing about fires like that and other cases like this one elsewhere in Montana, the Red Cross says Bozeman homeowners have a free option that they could help them with.

The Red Cross provides free smoke alarm installations for anyone living in Bozeman, specifically.

Volunteers there say a single smoke alarm can reduce the probability of a fire by 50 percent.

“We will go out into your homes,” says Linda Racicot, DAT co-chair for the Red Cross of Montana. “We will check your batteries. We will install new ones. We will give you a sample of what the sound of your smoke alarm is if you’ve never heard it before and, if necessary, we’ll put in new smoke alarms for you. Your chances of having a home fire are greater than ever winning the lotto.”

Again, this is for Bozeman homeowners, specifically, at this time.

You can find out how to take part in this program by calling 1-800-272-6668.

You can also check out the program’s website.