Red Cross urging public to call for their free smoke detectors

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Over the next two weekends, American Red Cross volunteers and partners will visit local homes to help install free smoke alarms during a national effort to the Sound the Alarm against home fires. The home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events below are part of a two-week push of Sound the Alarm events in 100 cities with a high risk of home fires--which kill more people in a typical year in the U.S than all other natural disasters combined. Most deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

  • Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Barre, Vermont
    Barre Municipal Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill, Barre, VT 05641
  • Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Keene, New Hampshire
    Keene High School, 43 Arch Street, Keene, NH 03431

"Each day, Red Cross volunteers care for neighbors devastated by home fires, and we want to prevent needless tragedies from these disasters," said Maria Devlin, CEO of American Red Cross New Hampshire and Vermont Region. "You can help #EndHomeFires by volunteering and raising donations for lifesaving services."

Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross has installed more than 4,000 smoke alarms, and helped more than 1,000 families create an escape plan.

Schedule a FREE smoke alarm installation in your home:

Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

  • Visit to find events in your local community and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
  • Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.

Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

  • Visit the Sound the Alarm CrowdRise page to donate and help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires
  • You can also create your own personal page by selecting the "join" option. Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.
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