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Duke Energy employees lend their support to preventing home fires

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A smoke alarm is an inexpensive, effective tool in preventing fire fatalities.

A team of 14 volunteers from Duke Energy and six representatives from the Charlotte Metro Chapter of the American Red Cross recently installed smoke alarms and replaced batteries in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. The volunteers also canvassed the neighborhood to share packets of information about home fire prevention, including ways to contact the Red Cross to have a smoke detector installed in a home.

A smoke alarm is an inexpensive, effective tool in preventing fire fatalities. That’s why the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign nearly two years ago with a goal to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths by 25 percent in five years. The Charlotte chapter has installed more than 1,200 smoke alarms in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties since implementing the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 and plans to install 1,200 more by the end of 2016.