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Red Cross Partnering with Bath & Topsham Fire Departments to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Door-to-Door Campaign to Promote Home Fire Safety in the Bath and Topsham

BATH & TOPSHAM – This coming Saturday, the American Red Cross in Central and Mid Coast Maine is partnering with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms in the Bath and Topsham area.

Residents wishing to schedule an appointment to have smoke alarms, free of charge, installed in their homes should call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113 OR sign up through the Bath & Topsham Fire Departments.

Red Cross community volunteers and staff will be joined by members of the Bath and Topsham fire departments, as they go door-to-door and speak with residents about fire safety, emergency escape plans and install battery-operated smoke alarms, free of charge. More than a dozen volunteers have signed up to participate and they plan to visit homes throughout the day installing free smoke alarms.

“Topsham Fire & Rescue is proud to partner with the American Red Cross on a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. While the Topsham Fire Department provides free smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and home inspections to town residents year-round, it’s exciting to be a part of a program that will allow an even greater number of people in need of free smoke alarms to receive them. Our main goal is to help prevent injuries and deaths related to home fires. Teaming up with the Red Cross and the Bath Fire Department for the event has been a wonderful opportunity to really get the word out. Three out of five fire related fatalities happen in homes without working smoke alarms. As Chief, I can’t say strongly enough, how important it is that EVERY home have working smoke alarms. I urge anyone in need of free smoke alarms to contact us,” said Chief Brian D. Stockdale of Topsham Fire & Rescue.

In addition, Captain Marc Wood of Bath Fire & Rescue stated that “in the last several years, we have seen an increase in fire related fatalities in the State of Maine. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented by homeowners having working smoke alarms. That is why the Bath Fire & Rescue Department is proud to partner with the American Red Cross on a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.”

Over the last two years, the Red Cross in Maine has installed more than 4,500 smoke alarms in homes throughout the state. This weekend’s event is part of the Red Cross’ National Home Fire Campaign launched two years ago with the goal of reducing the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent nationally over five years.

Event Details:

What: Installation of Free Smoke Alarms in Bath & Topsham

When: Saturday, October 22nd

Note: Installations of free smoke alarms will be taking place throughout the day; however, members of the media wishing to join should arrive at 10:00AM)

Where: American Red Cross - Central & Mid Coast Maine, 16 Community Way, Topsham

Description: Red Cross staff and volunteers, accompanied by local fire departments, will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms in the homes of individuals living in Bath & Topsham.

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. For more information, please visit MaineRedCross.org or visit us on Twitter at @ARC_Maine and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaineRedCross/.