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Red Cross, fire department install smoke alarms in Roundup

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The effort is part of the American Red Cross’ national Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign, which aims to reduce home fire deaths in the United States by 25 percent by 2020

The Red Cross of Montana teams up with the local volunteer fire department Oct. 21 to install free smoke alarms in Roundup homes. 

Organizers hope to install 200 smoke alarms and will focus on Roundup’s west side.

Those interested in getting a free alarm can sign up at Northern Treasures Thrift Store, 204 Main St.

The installations will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21.

The effort is part of the American Red Cross’ national Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign, which aims to reduce home fire deaths in the United States by 25 percent by 2020.

The alarms, provided by the Red Cross, come with batteries that are good for 10 years, which is especially important for the elderly and those with mobility issues who have difficulty climbing a ladder or stepstool.

Besides installing the alarms, the teams also will talk to residents about creating a fire escape plan and discuss the most common fire hazards. 

To learn more about the Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign visit redcross.org/homefires. There you’ll find information about how to prevent a fire in your home, how to donate to the campaign and how to volunteer during an installation event in your area.