STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – If you or someone you know in the Stamford area needs a smoke alarm this is your chance to get one for free. The Connecticut American Red Cross and the City of Stamford are joining together to offer free smoke alarms and installations to residents in Stamford on Thursday, December 1.
Red Cross volunteers will be joined by members of the Stamford Fire Department to visit homes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 1. Teams making visits will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes. Volunteers will help families understand the importance of fire safety and help them develop personalized family escape plans to use if a fire was to break out in their home.
“Our mission at the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering caused by disasters,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat faced in the U.S. On average, in our region, we respond to about two home fires each day. Our goal is to reach as many homes as we can with this program to help ensure people know what to do and are prepared in the event they experience a home fire.”
“Early detection of smoke is key to survival in any house fire,” said Stamford Fire Chief Trevor Roach. “Three out of five fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms and the risk of your family dying in a fire is cut in half by the installation of working smoke alarms. Stamford Fire Department is proud to partner with the Red Cross to ensure all of our residents are protected by working smoke alarms.”
Residents can schedule a visit by going to http://http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut/schedule-a-visit or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.
In addition to providing free smoke alarm installations and education, the Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help install smoke alarms for this event and in their community throughout the year. Home Fire Campaign Volunteers are trained by the Red Cross, can volunteer during the day or on weekends and can help make a difference in their community. For more information on volunteering visit: http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut/volunteer.