MILLINOCKET — Forty-two homes are safer after the American Red Cross of Maine, Emera Maine and the Millinocket Fire Department partnered to install free smoke alarms for town residents.
In addition to installing 134 free smoke alarms, home fire safety teams checked existing alarms, replaced batteries as needed, helped residents create emergency escape plans and provided other preparedness education on May 5.
“Home fires kill seven people every day in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We know that working smoke alarms do save lives. Thanks to the support of Emera Maine and the dedication of Deputy Chief of Fire & Rescue Tom Malcom, 42 Millinocket homes are better prepared in the event of a home fire,” said Caroline King, executive director of the Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Without the support of our partners, volunteers and other supporters, the Red Cross could not do this lifesaving work.”
The Millinocket event was part of the Home Fire Campaign launched by the Red Cross in 2014 to reduce home fire deaths and injuries. Since then, the Red Cross and its partners have installed 1.2 million smoke alarms, including more than 12,000 in Maine. At least 416 lives, including those of eight Mainers, have been saved by smoke alarms installed through these efforts.
A grant from Emera Maine made the Millinocket event possible. It was the fourth time Emera Maine partnered with the Red Cross for the Home Fire Campaign. The other events were in Machias and East Machias, Ellsworth and Dover-Foxcroft.
When a fire breaks out, residents have only about two minutes to escape safely. Working smoke alarms provide an early warning and reduce the risk of death by half.
To request free smoke alarms for your home, call 874-1192 x113. For more information, including home fire preparedness tips, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit MaineRedCross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaineRedCross/
About Emera Maine
Emera Maine is committed to delivering safe, reliable electric service. As the state’s second-largest electric utility, the company delivers electricity to 157,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across 9,350 square miles in five counties in eastern and northern Maine.