CHICAGO (CBS) — Several Red Cross volunteers spent their morning installing smoke alarms in homes in the Little Village neighborhood.

Five teams went door to door, partnering with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

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The Red Cross says having a smoke detector is such a small thing, but it can have a big impact on your safety, and they have a simple message for you: please make sure your home has one.

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“It saves lives, there are over eight people a day in the United States who die in home fires,” said Carlo Heathcote, with the Red Cross. “It’s such a preventable thing that we can do. It’s probably the best insurance that you can ever buy. You can buy a smoke alarm at your local hardware store for less than two or three coffees.”

The Red Cross also says that when you change your clocks back Saturday night, it’s a great time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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If you don’t have a detector, you can contact the Red Cross for help.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff