2018-07-05 / Community News

Smoke alarms installed

Twelve homes in Saco are safer following the installation of free smoke alarms by the American Red Cross of Maine and the Saco Fire Department.

In addition to installing 45 free smoke alarms in Saco residences, home fire safety teams checked existing alarms, replaced batteries as needed, helped residents create emergency escape plans and provided other preparedness education on June 16.

“Home fires pose a real threat to our communities. Seven people die every day in home fires in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Fire Chief John Duross. “Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further increases the odds of survival.”

The partnership between the fire department and the Red Cross so far has resulted in the smoke alarm installation event and community disaster education during the Fire Department’s Open House on April 7.

“The Red Cross has a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. It’s partnerships like the one we have with the Saco Fire Department that allows us to fulfill that mission. Together, we are making our neighbors safer from home fires,” said Karen Cassette, a Maine Red Cross board member who served as the organization’s coordinator for the installation event.

The event was part of the Home Fire Campaign launched by the Red Cross in 2014 to reduce home fire deaths and injuries. Since then, the Red Cross and its partners nationally have installed more than 1.3 million free smoke alarms, including more than 13,000 in Maine, and made more than 567,315 homes safer. At least 431 lives, including those of eight Mainers, have been saved by smoke alarms installed through these efforts.

To request free smoke alarms, call 874- 1192, ext. 113. For more information, including home fire preparedness tips, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine.

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