Red Cross preparing to install free smoke detectors Saturday

Red Cross aiming to install 100000 smoke alarms in 16 days, volunteers needed

(A total of 70 fire deaths were reported in 2017.) In most cases where a fire fatality occurs, there were no functioning smoke alarm in the home.

Chipotle restaurants are joining forces with the American Red Cross to support their Sound the Alarm campaign.

At 8:15 a.m. Saturday, the Red Cross, along with community partners and volunteers, will gather at the Law Office of Jeremy Burnside, 1118 Hutchins Street, Portsmouth, as the starting point for the home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.

The event is part of the Home Fire Campaign, a national effort to reduce home fire deaths by installing free smoke alarms throughout the country and educating families on emergency preparedness.

The Knoxville Fire Department is combining forces with American Red Cross to deliver and install - free of charge - 1,000 smoke alarms this coming Saturday, April 28, to residents in the Park City, Parkridge, and Beaumont neighborhoods.

The agency will also help families create fire escape plans and replace batteries in working alarms.

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Greg Roques, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Red Cross said that Algiers, Harvey, Marrero and the Irish Channel were all considered to be at high-risk for home-fires based on information from local fire departments on their fire responses in those areas. "Including myself, I really didn't realize the devastation and the damage that a fire can do", he said. "Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives".

About two-thirds of those happen because the homes don't have working smoke detectors.

WQAD is a proud sponsor of the Sound the Alarm initiative.
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Residents in West Michigan can register to get a smoke alarm installed.

Right now, the Utah Red Cross is rounding up volunteers to help kick off the "Sound the Alarm" event happening this weekend.

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