Free smoke alarm installations for residents in need as part of national Red Cross Sound the Alarm effort

Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Register at RedCross.org/EndHomeFiresNNE for Free Smoke Alarm Installation May 14

Vermont Business Magazine Williston residents in need can register for free smoke alarm installation with the Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Williston Fire Department on May 14.

“Our goal is to save lives,” said Kevin Mazuzan, executive director, Vermont Chapter. “So far this year, our volunteer disaster action teams in Vermont have responded to more than 29 home fires and assisted more than 81 displaced people. That’s why we want to make sure everyone has working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Williston, St. George and Hinesburg residents who need help are encouraged to visit RedCross.org/EndHomeFiresNNE to schedule an appointment for free smoke alarm installation during Red Cross Sound the alarm event on Saturday 14/05. During the 20-minute home visits, Red Cross volunteers and members of the Williston Fire Department will also share information about what causes house fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.

“Most people don’t realize they only have two minutes to escape a home fire — and that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years,” Mazuzan said. “Acting with this knowledge can be the difference between survival and tragedy.”

WILLISTON JOINS NATIONAL SOUND THE ALARM EFFORT This Sound the alarm event is part of a nationwide Red Cross initiative in May to install 50,000 free smoke detectors with partners in over 50 at-risk communities across the country. Sound the alarm The events are a vital part of the Red Cross National Home Firefighting Campaign, which has saved 1,243 lives since its launch in October 2014. Since 2019, Vermont Red Cross volunteers have installed 1,821 free smoke alarms and made more than 641 homes safer.

This work is made possible through generous financial donations from regional partner, Vermont Co-operative Insurance.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts disaster victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.orgor visit us on Twitter at @Red Cross.

WILLISTON, APRIL 27, 2022American Red Cross/Vermont

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