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Fire safety program, free smoke alarms heading to South Portland

The Red Cross and South Portland Fire Department will go door-to-door in South Portland on Saturday, November 7, speaking with residents about fire safety, emergency escape plans, and the importance of having working smoke alarms. If a home needs smoke alarms, teams will install battery-operated models free of charge. 

The event is part of a national Fire Preparedness Campaign that launched last fall. The goal of the 5-year initiative is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fire by 25 percent nationally.

“Smoke alarms provide an early warning when fire breaks out, and combined with an emergency escape plan, greatly increase your odds of getting out of the house safely,” says Dave Sheehan,  regional disaster program officer at the American Red Cross. 

Last year the Red Cross installed more than 800 free smoke alarms in Maine homes. This year’s goal is 1,800.


Saturday, November 17 

• 9 a.m.  Orientation 

• 10 a.m. Home visits

               o South Portland residents can sign up for a home visit at



The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help with the event (training provided): 

• Installation

• Education

• Documentation specialists

• Logistics 

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides 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. Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).