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Local organizations and volunteers to partner to "Sound the Alarm" on fire safety

free smoke detectors available

Post Date:03/26/2019

Help promote fire safety in our community and “Sound the Alarm.” sound the alarm

Sound the Alarm brings together local fire safety organizations, fire departments, and volunteers to canvass neighborhoods, educating residents about fire safety.

Our local Red Cross has set ambitious goals for the 2019 Fox Cities Sound the Alarm campaign. They aim to install 1,750 smoke alarms, reach 80 households, and engage 500 volunteers. To accomplish this, they need the help of the community. Please consider lending a hand at our local Sound the Alarm event on Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Volunteers can sign up on the American Red Cross website

If you need a smoke alarm, you can sign up to have one installed at no charge before the event occurs. Go to this page on the American Red Cross website and fill out the form, or text ALARM to 844-811-0100 and follow the prompts. Someone will get in touch with you to set up an appointment to install a smoke alarm.

The American Red Cross began its Sound the Alarm campaign in 2014 with the goal to reduce the number of fire related deaths and injuries across the nation. On average, seven people die and 36 are injured in home fires every single day. The majority of these deaths occur because the homes are not equipped with working smoke alarms. Having working smoke alarms in a home can reduce the risk of fire-related death by 50%.

The organizations and volunteers will install new smoke alarms or replace batteries in existing alarms to ensure homes are properly equipped. To date this program has installed over 1.6 million smoke alarms and their education efforts have reached over 670,000 households.

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or chad.doran@appleton.org

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