We may actually have cold weather for Christmas, so that means heaters will be working overtime. Add decorative lights, electrical chargers for new games, fireworks, and cooking inside and out, and it's no wonder the number of house fires increases around the holidays each year.

The American Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign to reduce the incidents of these tragedies by 25%. They are going one step further than education by actually offering up to three free smoke alarms to people in the Lake Area.

Call (337) 656-0835 or stop by the main office located at 3512 Kirkman St. in Lake Charles.

Smoke alarms do save lives. About a thousand people each year die in house fires. Many of those deaths could have been prevented if the home had had a working smoke alarm.

I am living proof that smoke alarms save lives. On January 15, 2015, my living room caught on fire. Two members of my family, including me, were sleeping at the time. The other two were in other rooms with the doors closed. It was our smoke alarm that alerted my son that something was wrong. He got us all out.

I don't miss an opportunity to tell people that smoke from fires kills. It's thick, impossible to breath in, and it's deadly.

Don't let your holidays be ruined by something that could be prevented. Call and get your free smoke alarms today!