December 07, 2019
Community News Latest News | Essex St. Death | Bangor Metro | Peter Vigue | Today's Paper

Enfield area residents: Sign up for free smoke alarms

Community Author: American Red Cross
Post Date:
Updated:
American Red Cross | Contributed
American Red Cross | Contributed

ENFIELD — The American Red Cross of Maine and Howland Fire & Ambulance are teaming up to make community members safer by installing free smoke alarms in their homes, helping them create escape plans and providing other fire safety tips.

Residents of Enfield and surrounding communities can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192 and choosing Option 3 or by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine. We will follow up with you to perform the installations on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Home fires kill an average of seven people each day in the United States. Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds.

The event is part of a national campaign launched by the Red Cross in 2014 to reduce home fire deaths. So far, the Red Cross and its partners have installed nearly 2 million free smoke alarms. This work has saved at least 642 lives – including those of three Old Town residents in 2018.

To volunteer for this event, contact Kristen Simas, the Red Cross disaster program manager for Penobscot County, at 207-631-8038 or Kristen.simas@redcross.org.

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, on Facebook @MaineRedCross, Twitter @ARC_Maine and Instagram @maineredcross.