Red Cross kicks off "Sound the Alarm" campaign, installing free smoke alarms

Posted at 4:17 AM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 06:11:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — American Red Cross volunteers and partners will visit homes to install 100,000 free smoke alarms. It's all part of its national effort to "Sound the Alarm" against home fires.

From April 27 to May 13, volunteers will be visiting homes across the eight counties of Western New York to install the free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. Services are free and available to all people in need.

A "Sound the Alarm" kickoff event takes place today, Tuesday, at the Western New York Chapter Headquarters, 786 Delaware Ave, Buffalo. The event starts at 2:30 PM. Red Cross representatives will be joined by "Sound the Alarm" supporters to provide details about home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in Western New York. They will also discuss the progress of the nationwide Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Buffalo is part of 100 cities participating in the "Sound the Alarm" push. Home fires kill more people in a typical year in the U.S. than all other natural disasters combined. Most deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

If you are in need of a new fire alarm, you can get more information and request an alarm at the "Sound the Alarm" website.