Volunteers with the American Red Cross in Nebraska are again ready to “Sound the Alarm” against home fires. They are installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in just 16 days in communities at high risk for fires.
Nebraska Communications Manager Richard Dinsdale says they will install 800 free alarms in high risk neighborhoods throughout the Omaha – Council Bluffs metro area during the first two weeks of May.
Dinsdale says, “We have lots of volunteers lined up. We could use a few more volunteers who will go out in teams during that four hour period and install smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them and educate families in those homes on how to evacuate their home should a fire occur.”
Volunteers will start in Bellevue on May 12th and wrap in Council Bluffs on May 17th.
Individuals across the metro who are interested in receiving a smoke alarm can call United Way’s 211 line or log on to GetASmokeAlarm.org.
Every day across the nation, seven people die in home fires and most happen in homes that do not have a working detector.