Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death in half, according to the American Red Cross. That's why volunteers in the Southern Tier chapter are installing 100 smoke detectors in homes across the region as part of the national "Sound The Alarm" campaign.
"Sometimes these incidents occur in the middle of the night, when the entire family's sleeping, so to wake them from their sleep, to alert them to leave the home, so it's just really important to have these smoke alarms working and that's what we're here to do," says Colleen McCabe, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Tier chapter.
The smoke alarm installations will start on April 28th. Anyone interested in having a smoke alarm installed can contact the Red Cross Endicott office at (607) 785-7207. Volunteers will also help residents come up with evacuation plans for their homes.