Fires are a serious concern for homeowners and the American Red Cross knows how important it is to have reliable smoke alarms to keep families safe. To keep as many families as safe as possible, American Red Cross-Massachusetts has launched its “Sound the Alarm” campaign to deliver free smoke alarms to local families.

“The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them and by educating people about home fire safety,” said the Red Cross’s local organization. If you need a smoke alarm in your home, the Red Cross is making it super easy. It’s completely free, and all you have to do is fill out a form online.

We’ve all heard that annoying beep in our living room when the batteries in the smoke alarm die, but that beep is a lot easier to fix than a burned-down home. The Red Cross states that “home fires claim seven lives every day,” and to me, that’s a scary statistic.

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A few years ago, my mother forgot to blow out a candle before going to bed. If it wasn’t for our smoke alarm going off, our house may have been destroyed, but thankfully, all that was needed was a new pair of curtains.

It’s scenarios like mine that make campaigns like “Sound the Alarm” so important. American Red Cross volunteers will not only provide a free smoke alarm, but they will also educate you on home fire safety and help create an escape plan for your family in case of emergency.

To learn more and register for a free smoke alarm, click here.

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