Join the Red Cross to Sound the Alarm and Save Lives from Home Fires

PRINCETON— The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in Mercer County and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.

In Mercer County, the Red Cross Southeast WV Chapter is holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event November 30 and December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. Participating partners working with the Red Cross include Princeton Fire Department, Walmart and CASE West Virginia.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of November 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 285 lives; reached 939,930 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 1,034,502 free smoke alarms.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters feed and provide 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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