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Orono residents: Sign up for free smoke alarms through the Red Cross

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Marko Kokic | American Red Cross
Marko Kokic | American Red Cross

ORONO – The American Red Cross of Maine and the Orono Fire Department are teaming up to make town residents safer by installing free smoke alarms in their homes, helping them create escape plans and providing other fire safety tips.

Orono residents can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192 and choosing Option 3 or by visiting

We will follow up with you to perform the installations on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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 Orono 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 11 Mainers.

To volunteer for this event, contact Kristen Simas, the Red Cross disaster program manager for Penobscot County, at 631-8038 or

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 us at or on Facebook @MaineRedCross, Twitter @ARC_Maine or Instagram @maineredcross.