The American Red Cross is asking everyone to help Sound the Alarm in the Heart of Tennessee and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
In Murfreesboro, Red Cross Donor Resource Manager Sean Armstrong told WGNS...
The fire alarms installed by volunteers will be free.
Again, on September 23rd volunteers will canvas area neighborhoods to tell residents about the upcoming free smoke alarm installation date. On September 30th, volunteers will revisit homes and install the smoke detectors.
The Red Cross is holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on September 30th at 9:00 A.M. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans in Murfreesboro.
"Over the last 12 months, the Heart of Tennessee has responded to 144 home fires. In fact home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day," said Kathy Ferrell, Executive Director of the Heart of Tennessee chapter. "Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires."
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Numbers across the country:
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,200 partner organizations have installed 886,823 smoke alarms in 10,664 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people. Here in the Heart of Tennessee, the Red Cross installed 922 smoke alarms just last year (July 2016 - June 2017).
Help out in Murfreesboro with smoke alarms:
Please join this important effort. To register to volunteer for the September 30th event, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/tennessee/home-fire-safety. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.