Red Cross to install smoke alarms in Chattanooga homes

Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Red Cross is holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on September 23rd at 9 AM.

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.

“Over the last 12 months, the Southeast Tennessee chapter has responded to 220 home fires. In fact home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Julia Wright, Executive Director of the Southeast 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.

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 Southeast Tennessee, the Red Cross installed 577 smoke alarms just last year (July 2016 – June 2017).

Please join this important effort. Register to volunteer for the September 23rd event by visiting www.redcross.org/STAchattanooga.

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