- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The chapter of the American Red Cross that covers Vermont and part of New Hampshire is taking part in a nationwide program to help reduce fire deaths.

The campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms and encouraging everyone to rehearse how they will escape their home in the event of a fire.

Larry Crist, the regional executive for the Vermont and the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross, says smoke detectors and knowing what to do in the event of a fire are simple steps every household can take to save lives.

The Red Cross says there are about seven fatal fires a day across the country.

Other steps being taken in the region is the anticipated distribution of almost 20,000 fire prevention and safety information cards.

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