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New smoke detector laws creating shortage in supply for Red Cross

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 18:58:20-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The American Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm program is experiencing a speed bump.

The effort, officially called the “Home Fire Campaign” allows Red Cross to install up to three free ten-year battery smoke detectors in homes that don’t have them.

But after a few states, including New York passed a law forbidding the sale of detectors with replaceable batteries, a shortage was created.

“That created a demand that the manufacturer just couldn’t hold up to,” said Jose Latalladi, the Senior Disaster program manager of the Western and Central New York Red Cross.

Representatives hope this will only be a temporary pause in its program while the nationwide supply is restocked.