Submitted by Fire Chief Chris Lawrence

A home fire can strike anywhere, anytime, devastating families. On average, more lives are lost to home fires every year than to all other major disasters combined. But, collectively, we can change that.

The Mineral County Fire Department in cooperation with the American Red Cross is kicking off a free fire alarm installation program.  Residents of Mineral County can contact the Hawthorne Fire Department to request up to three fire alarms to be installed in their home at no charge.

Just one working smoke alarm can reduce the risk of dying is a home fire by half, yet about 25 percent of homes lack even one working alarm. Working together in communities across the nation, the Red Cross, fire departments, houses of worship, businesses, schools, nonprofits, social service agencies, neighborhood leaders and other are forming coalitions to mobilize resources and volunteers to stamp out needless fire deaths.

By working together on this important issue, we will help save lives and reduce injuries; ultimately strengthening our community’s ability to be resilient in the face of any disaster- large or small.