CANTON The American Red Cross has received a grant from the Rosenberry Foundation to aid it's free smoke alarm installation program in Tuscarawas County.

Smoke alarms are available by calling 330-308-9430, ext. 1750, or visiting www.redcross.org/neoosal.

"With the tragic news coming out of Cleveland of six fire related fatalities in the past 10 days, I believe that now is the time to remind our friends and neighbors to check their smoke alarms," said Kim Kroh, executive director of the Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter.

"Everyone in Tuscarawas County, as well as each of the counties we serve, is eligible for this program. I'd like to see more people using this opportunity to learn how to keep themselves safe from a home fire."

The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives -- create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms. Other safety steps include:

If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.

If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don't work, replace them.

Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

Practice that plan. What's the household's escape time?

People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire.

They can become a Red Cross volunteer by starting an application at redcross.org/neo. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800- RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 66,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fires.