Volunteers and community leaders in Camden will be getting to work making sure residents throughout the city stay safe from house fires.
"Having working smoke alarms reduces your chance of dying in a home fire by 50 percent", said Mallory Brown, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley American Red Cross. "Most of the fires happen at night while you are asleep".
Well, more than 400 appointments were made at that time!
The American Red Cross held its nationwide campaign, Sound the Alarm.
The Red Cross installs alarms year-round across the state. "You really have two minutes to get out of your house". There were over 700 fires in the area in 2017 and more than 200 so far in 2018. "Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives". A Red Cross volunteer will also help each family set up a home fire escape plan in case of an incident.
The goal for the Wilmington volunteers was to put 800 alarms in 500 homes. Each alarm is equipped with a 10-year battery.
Sound the Alarm is proudly sponsored by International Paper, Thomas Lawrence Campbell, HCA Foundation, FedEx, CHI Memorial, Patricia and Rodes Hart, Sedgwick, UPS and AutoZone.
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