American Red Cross installs new smoke detectors in Langlade county homesSubmitted: 08/23/2019

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ANTIGO - Many of us don't think about a smoke detector until the battery starts dying.

An event on Friday taught people to become proactive rather than reactive when it comes to smoke detectors.

The American Red Cross went through parts of Antigo and Langlade County Friday to install new smoke detectors in homes that need them.

"Lot of times, people have alarms that are more than 10 years old have the batteries that are out of date," said American Red Cross Communications officer Justin Kern.

Old smoke alarms are the most common issue that the American Red Cross runs into when installing new detectors.

"It's really about getting all that stuff up to date and having the latest when it comes to protecting your family with that first line of defense from a home fire," said Kern.

One of the places a group went to was a mobile home park.

"This is a great event," said American Red Cross Program Specialist Tom Nimsgern. "It's nice to be out here and knowing that we're doing installs to help people and make their home safer."

Home owner Emily Poch got two new detectors installed, just months after a fire scare.

"A few months ago I had my washing machine, started sparking and set off the smoke detectors at 3:00 in the morning," said Poch.

Fortunately, her old detectors were still working. They alerted the family to the fire and they were able to extinguish it quickly.

Now with new detectors, even her daughter Kaelyn Miller thought what the Red Cross did was important.

"I feel safe," said Miller. "Knowing that they'll work and they'll warn me if something bad is going to happen."

"Having a fire plan and an escape plan is essential for you and your family," said Nimsgern. "We would encourage you to sit down and talk about where you're going to go in case of a fire."

The Pickerel Fire that occurred at the end of June was one of the reasons for Friday's event.
People that want more information on how to get a smoke detector from the American Red Cross can go to getasmokealarm.org or contact their local fire department.

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