OLD TOWN and MILFORD – The American Red Cross of Maine is teaming up with the Old Town and Milford fire departments to make residents safer by installing free smoke alarms in their homes, helping them create escape plans and providing other fire safety tips.
Residents of Old Town and Milford can make appointments for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192 and choosing Option 3 or by visiting soundthealarm.org/maine.
The Red Cross and the fire departments will follow up and perform the installations on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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 Old Town and Milford 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 last year and seven other Mainers the year before.
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.