Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Red Cross offering free smoke alarms

Red Cross offering free smoke alarms

The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in Knoxville on Saturday, April 28.

Last year, the American Red Cross responded to more than 820 home fires in New Jersey and assisted almost 1,900 families.

Over next two weeks the Louisiana Red Cross will launch a program called "Sound the Alarm" to install more than 1,000 smoke alarms in homes in several different neighborhoods across the New Orleans-metro area for free.

"Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death related to home fires", said Dr. Jeffrey Carter, the medical director of the Burn Center at University Medical Center.

"Nationwide, we are looking to install more than 100,000 free smoke alarms and in New Jersey we are looking to install at least 3,000, but we are looking for more", says Concannon. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

Fire experts agree that during a house fire you may have as little as two minutes to escape, that is why it is crucial for your home to have a functioning smoke alarm. The campaign is making a difference. The CSRA is not immune to home fires.

In 2015 in Orange, the American Red Cross installed free smoke alarms in a multi-family home.

Almost two-thirds of all fire-related deaths occur in homes that have no functioning smoke alarms. Then make sure you have a meeting place outside for everyone in the family.

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