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Red Cross takes fire safety initiative to Portland

Working smoke alarms save lives.

The Red Cross will go door-to-door in the Nason’s Corner area of Portland on Saturday, February 7, speaking with residents about fire safety, emergency escape plans, and the importance of having working smoke alarms. If a home needs smoke alarms, the Red Cross will install battery-operated models free of charge.

More than 40 volunteers, including students from UNE and USM, have signed on to help the effort. Red Cross officials hope to visit 180 homes during the day.

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.

“A working smoke alarm increases your odds of surviving a fire by nearly 50 percent,” says Patricia Murtagh, CEO of the American Red Cross in Maine.” That, combined with an escape plan, goes a long way to save the lives of you and your loved ones, should fire break out in your home.”

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