Volunteers install free smoke alarms for South the Alarm initiative

Source American Red Cross

Regional executive of the American Red Cross West Virginia, Erica Mani, said the American Red Cross is holding its first national Sound the Alarm Save a Life campaign where volunteers are being trained to install smoke alarms in local homes across the country.

People packed up and set out to the Bellevue neighborhood in Macon to install smoke alarm in order to promote fire safety. Anyone who would like to request a free smoke alarm can do so online here. If we do, they test them.

"We're installing over 100,000 free smoke alarms over a 16-day period that ran from April 28 to May 13, so we're right in the middle of that effort", said Mani.

"For the most part they've signed up for a reason. Switch them out if they're not working", she said.

Lisa Morgan said most residents don't know that when a fire breaks out in their home, they have less than two minutes to get out safely.

In addition to installing alarms, participants will also replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

"Mount Vernon is a community where we see more fires than nearly anywhere throughout Westchester", says Josh Lockwood, with the Red Cross.

"It's all about safety and preparedness for the people in the community of Monroe", said Dinolfo.

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