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Red Cross installing free smoke alarms in Southern Colorado

Posted at 4:41 AM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 08:53:48-04

Everyday 7 people die from house fires according to the Red Cross and in our region they responded to over 800 home fires last year.

The Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign will be making its way across southern Colorado.

The Red Cross says their most common disaster call is for home fires, but you don’t have to be a statistic. All it takes is having a working smoke alarm in your home!

Here’s how it works. Over the span of 2 weeks the Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms throughout southern Colorado. If you think your smoke alarm maybe out of date, it’s time for you to sign up! We all know how quickly a fire can flare up.

“They double in size every 30 seconds,” says Bill Fortune the Regional Communication Specialist for the American Red Cross. “If your home is on fire and sure it may look like a small flame, but in about 20 seconds it’s going to be twice that big and pretty soon your entire home is engulfed.”

You can help save a life. The Red Cross is in desperate need of volunteers! They’re looking for folks to help them install smoke alarms.

It kicks off this weekend in Fountain. For details on how to volunteer click here. To have one installed in your home click here or call (719) 785-2767. Here are the dates!