DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is starting its push to install 500 free smoke alarms in Miami Valley homes starting April 27.
Their nationwide “Sound the Alarm” campaign runs until May 12 with the ultimate goal of installing 100,000 smoke alarms in 100 cities across the country.
Local volunteers will go door-to-door between 9 am and 3 pm on Saturday to ask residents in the Edgemont neighborhood if they would like to have a free smoke alarm installed.
Volunteers will also provide residents with fire safety information and help residents craft home fire escape plans.
More than 90 percent of the disasters the Red Cross responds to every year are home fires.
“That statistic emphasizes the importance of having working smoke alarms in
your home, as well as developing a plan to get out of the house in under two minutes should a fire
breakout,” said Cory Paul, Dayton Area Chapter executive director. “It’s not enough to make an
escape plan, but you have to practice it as well.”
The Dayton Area Red Cross will also install smoke alarms in other communities around the Miami Valley by appointment. If you are in need of smoke alarms, call 937-553-4665.
If you would like to volunteer, visit SoundTheAlarm.org.