American Red Cross volunteers in eight Ohio cities installed more than 1100 smoke alarms on April 27 as part of the second annual Sound the Alarm campaign. There are stories behind these statistics, stories of people whose lives were in danger because they didn’t have working smoke alarms in their homes. Now from Athens to Westerville, from Toledo to Marysville to Zanesville, nearly 500 households are safer because they received new smoke alarms (or new batteries for existing alarms) and fire safety education.
Red Cross volunteers from across Ohio gathered at 9 a.m. that Saturday morning to make it happen. After learning how to install the 10-year smoke alarms and talk to residents about fire safety, they spent several hours knocking on doors, installing smoke alarms, and offering fire safety tips, including:
- Plug cords directly into electrical sockets rather than using an extension cord.
- Never leave a stove on and unattended, and never use a stove to heat your home.
- Keep anything flammable, including liquids, at least three feet away from heat sources.
- Make and practice an emergency escape plan with members of your household. Everyone needs to be able to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
With a goal of installing more than 3700 smoke alarms by May 18, we need you, and so do other Buckeyes. Sign up to save a life!