CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.— (CLARKSVILLENOW) The American Red Cross of Tennessee River recently installed 355 smoke alarms and reached 373 people about home fire safety during the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on April 28 in Clarksville.
“The day was a big success and an important step in helping educate residents about how to be safe if a fire should occur in their home,” said Katy Hagstrom, Executive Director for the Tennessee River Chapter “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”
Red Cross volunteers and local partners canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.
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. As of March 31, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416 lives, reached 1,075,894 youth through youth preparedness programs, and installed over 1.2 million free smoke alarms since the Campaign began in 2014. Here in Tennessee, the Red Cross has installed over 25,000 free smoke alarms in homes and saved 11 documented lives since July 1, 2014.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.