Free smoke alarms installation Saturday

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Wilsonians will have the chance to get free smoke alarms installed, receive new batteries or create home fire escape plans Saturday thanks to an annual American Red Cross program.

The Sound the Alarm event will bring together volunteers from various organizations to canvass neighborhoods and provide assistance to residents in need. Wilsonians interested in requesting a smoke alarm or volunteering can register at www.soundthealarm.org/enc or by calling 610-349-1028.

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face in our nation, killing on average seven people every day,” said Mace Robinson, Red Cross executive director for the northeastern North Carolina chapter. “Across the 53 counties served by our region, our Red Cross volunteers responded to 1,377 home fires and other disasters in 2019.”

While Hurricane Dorian accounted for some of the disasters, volunteers responded to 26 home fires in Wilson County.

Since the Sound the Alarm campaign launched in 2014, 2 million free smoke alarms have been installed nationally, including 5,226 in eastern North Carolina in 2019 to make 2,425 households safer.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, volunteers from the Red Cross, Wilson County Emergency Management, the Wilson County Office of Senior Citizen Affairs, Wilson Fire/Rescue Services, Stantonsburg-Moyton Volunteer Fire Department, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, McLane and others will be conducting home visits.