Red Cross is Sounding the Alarm to prevent fires


The Red Cross of the Southern Tier is Sounding the Alarm to prevent home fires. 

From tomorrow to May 12th, Red Cross volunteers and partners will visit homes across Western and Central New York to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms during their national Sound the Alarm Event. 

Since its launch nationwide, the effort has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 550 lives. 

Regional Executive Director Colleen McCabe says an up-to-date functioning smoke alarm is something you don’t realize the importance of until you need it. “An individual could have up to 2 minutes to escape their home which is not a lot of time. So having smoke alarms, having tools the tools for the evacuation plan, knowing about home fire safety education are all important tools to have to keep your family safe.”

McCabe says those in need of assistance can reach out to the Red Cross year-round.

To request a smoke detector, get advice on how to install your own or for those wishing to volunteer, visit

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