Have you tested your smoke alarm lately? Do you have one installed? From March 6 to March 10, the Red Cross will be holding its first smoke alarm Install-a-thon in towns throughout the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. The goal is to install 1,200 free smoke alarms in order to reduce home fire related deaths and injuries.
March 6: Torrington, CT
March 7: Norwalk, CT
March 8: New Britain, CT
March 9: Tiverton, RI
March 10: New London, CT
Home fires are one of the most common disasters to which the Red Cross responds. In Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Red Cross responds to two home fires a day on average. Sixty percent of house fire deaths happen in homes where no smoke alarm is installed. The Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, partnering with fire departments and community groups all over the country in order to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms. As of August 2016, this campaign has saved at least 100 lives. In Connecticut and Rhode Island alone, more than 10,000 free smoke alarms have been installed.
During the Install-a-thon, volunteers will visit people’s homes in towns across the region, educating the community about fire safety and installing free smoke alarms. If you are interested in having a free smoke alarm installed in your home, schedule an appointment at http://www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit for Connecticut, and http://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/schedule-a-visit for Rhode Island. You can also call 877-287-3327 in both states and choose 1 on the menu to schedule an installation.
Is your town not on the list above? Don’t worry. You can make an appointment any time, as this program is free and available to everyone.
If you would like to make a difference in our Home Fire Campaign, you can become a volunteer and help us install smoke alarms. To learn more about volunteering for the Install-a-thon, contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Install-a-thon at: http://www.redcross.org/news/event/local/rhode-island/Red-Cross-Install-A-Thon.