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Red Cross Installs Smoke Alarms After Tragedy In Rapid City Neighboorhood

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We recognize that some residents in this neighborhood may feel vulnerable with the loss of life.

The American Red Cross serving central & western South Dakota visited a neighborhood in North Rapid City, South Dakota, near a home where a fire resulted in a fatality. Volunteers went door-to-door as part of its Home Fire Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed, free of charge.

The three-square block radius canvassed resulted in dozens of smoke alarms getting installed, including one home that needed seven of them. The resident in that home had been there a year-and-a-half and said that the smoke alarms have never worked since she’s been there.

“We recognize that some residents in this neighborhood may feel vulnerable with the loss of life,” said Dustin Calhoun, Disaster Program Manager for the Red Cross in western and central South Dakota. “We are certainly appreciative of our volunteers and supporters that help us with this program because there is a need for it.”

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we want to make sure families in this particular area are protected,” Calhoun added. “Teaching people how to be safe from home fire is also a high priority, in particular for older residents or families with small children.”

(Photos courtesy of the Rapid City Journal)