The Red Cross installing free smoke alarms through national Home Fire Campaign

(Frank Martinez / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — September is National Preparedness Month, making it an excellent time to increase awareness of home fire prevention techniques.

Seven times a day someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire. Thirty six more people are injured a day. As part of a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% by 2019, The American Red Cross Serving Central Texas will install free smoke alarms throughout Austin Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Red Cross will visit homes that need smoke alarms to install them and teach people what to do if a fire breaks out.

Since 2014, the American Red Cross Serving Central Texas has visited 1,076 homes, installed 2,961 smoke alarms and served more than 3,300 people.

Anyone looking to sign up for a free smoke alarm can visit the website for the American Red Cross. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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