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Red Cross offering free smoke alarms

Red Cross offering free smoke alarms

"Many people don't realize that you really need to have a smoke alarm on each level, maybe outside the bedrooms as well", said Tom Mooney from the American Red Cross.

During the event, Red Cross volunteers will not only install smoke detectors, but will also educate families about the importance of having a plan for any disaster.

"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.

You can head to Fire Station 1 on H Street Saturday, April 28, working from 8:30 a.m.to either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. if you have the time.

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According to the American Red Cross, seven people are killed in house fires every day across the US, and most occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Sound the Alarm is heading to the Augusta area starting this weekend. "Please help lower these tragic statistics by joining us in this lifesaving effort to Sound the Alarm against home fires".

"In New Jersey, we have saved 18 lives - 18 lives saved have been credited to the home fire campaign", says Concannon. The campaign is making a difference. However, the vast majority of people overestimate their ability to react to a home fire, according to the Louisiana Red Cross.

The Red Cross says in the USA, seven people are killed in house fires every day. They will install smoke alarms, replace the batteries in existing alarms, provide safety tips, create an escape plan for your family.


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