Red Cross installing free smoke alarms in West Michigan

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The Red Cross is installing 1,600 smoke alarms statewide in the next couple of weeks.

It is part of the Sound The Alarm initiative. "Smoke detectors save lives, you must have that", Thomas-Hall said.

The agency will also help families create fire escape plans and replace batteries in working alarms.

Going door to door, volunteers of the American Red Cross along with the West Fargo Fire Department went knocking to install free smoke alarms.

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"We always say hear the beep where you sleep so we always recommend to have them in your bedroom in common areas like living rooms", said Piffero. "The lives of our parents, grandparent and children must be saved", said a CFD representative.

The organization is asking for help to prevent these deadly fires. The event is open to families to celebrate the work of hundreds of volunteers that contributed to the installation of the alarms in many communities throughout the campaign.

The Mississippi Region Red Cross team will distribute and install the smoke alarms for the next few weeks in April and May.

The Sutherlin community will be getting free smoke detectors on Saturday thanks to the Red Cross and Sutherlin Fire Department.

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