[DODGE CITY, Kan.]
The Community Housing Association of Dodge City (CHAD) announced Sept. 10, they have partnered with the American Red Cross for their “Sound the Alarm Campaign.” The American Red Cross has provided CHAD with ten-year smoke alarms to continue their efforts in making safer community households.
CHAD, the City of Dodge City, and the Dodge City Fire Department have come together several times over the years and installed free smoke alarms in various neighborhoods.
CHAD recommends people and families practice two-minute escape drill and monthly smoke alarm tests to prepare themselves in case of a fire incident.
Visit SoundTheAlarm.org for more information on how to prepare against home fires.
Other recommendations include:
- Create an escape plan with at least two ways to exit every room in the home. Select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from the home, such as a neighbor’s home or landmark (ex: specific tree in the front yard) where everyone knows to meet.
- Practice an escape plan until everyone in the household can get out in less than two minutes.
- Place smoke alarms on each level of the home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Change the batteries at least once a year if particular model requires it.
- Check the manufacturer’s date of smoke alarms. If they’re 10 years or older, they likely need to be replaced. Follow alarm’s manufacturer instructions.
Homeowners in need of smoke alarms or interested in receiving other assistance through one of the various programs, such as Paint Dodge/ CHRP, available through the Community Housing Association of Dodge City can find applications available online at www.dodgecityhousing.com, in person at 101 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd, 2nd floor or can be requested by emailing [email protected].