Volunteers needed to install smoke alarms into local houses

Sebon Burns Albany Fire Department Interim Fire Chief

Sebon Burns Albany Fire Department Interim Fire Chief

Each year, the program accounts for approximately 100,000 smoke detectors being installed in the Hoosier state.

Between Feb. 1 and April 30, the Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department installed 129 smoke alarms in 26 single-family residences in the Cadyville Fire District. This is part of a national American Red Cross program titled "Sound the Alarm".

According to the Red Cross, each day seven people die in a home fire so putting free smoke alarms in homes is a way to help save lives.

Even if you already have a smoke alarm in your home or apartment, Jeffersonville Fire Department Sgt. Justin Ames said the Red Cross' initiative is a good reminder to check and test them. Are they prepared with a plan and do they have smoke detectors? They routinely provide assistance to those who reach out with questions or concerns, and to those who need help installing a smoke detector.

Department members supplied the manpower to complete the installations as well as provide fire prevention information to area residents.

"We've always had this program", Garrett said.

"Have a meeting area", Barrow said. Check smoke detector batteries every six months, replace them every year and test the alarm once a month. "The smoke detector is the first line of defense, and it's also pretty cheap and can save your life". Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. "Smoke alarms play a crucial role in reducing fire-related injuries and deaths". "This is an important topic for us".

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