Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Volunteers with Red Cross, FPL raise home fire awareness, install smoke alarms


It's a campaign that raises awareness on fire safety and prevention.

The American Red Cross and Florida Power and Light teamed up to host "Sound the Alarm". Several neighborhoods on Saturday received free smoke alarm installations and battery replacements for existing alarms.

It only takes 30 minutes for Red Cross volunteers to install the smoke alarms and go over a quick education session on how it works and what to do in case of a fire. "We were able to put in three smoke alarms to keep her that little bit safer". "It's also our most deadly disaster that we respond to, so it's a natural partnership between fire departments, specifically the Rockford Fire Department, and the American Red Cross", said David Pattengale, the Interim Executive Director with the Red Cross Northwest Illinois Chapter.

"That is why Sound The Alarm is so important, that's why the Red Cross is launching this campaign", said Rabenstine.

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"We'll come out, assess your home, see how many you need".

Wise says Rockford Fire responds to a home fire call every 26 hours. He adds home fires don't ever discriminate and can affect any home at any time. "We stress to people that smoke alarms are proven to save lives".

"It isn't just your life that is at risk, it's the firefighters".

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