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Red Cross Partnering with Fryeburg Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms: Residents Encouraged to Sign Up Today

Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Fire Safety Campaign in Fryeburg 

FRYEBURG – On Saturday, November 19th, the American Red Cross in Maine is partnering with the Fryeburg Fire Department to install free smoke alarms in homes throughout town.  Red Cross volunteers and Fryeburg firefighters will go door-to-door to speak with residents about fire safety, emergency escape plans, and the importance of having working smoke alarms.

Residents wishing to sign up for a free home fire safety visit on Saturday, November 19th can log onto or call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113 to schedule an appointment.

Trained Red Cross staff, consisting primarily of community volunteers, along with members of the Fryeburg Fire Department will install battery-operated smoke alarms, free of charge.  Dozens of volunteers plan to visit homes throughout the day in the downtown area of Fryeburg with a goal of educating individuals about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in their residence.

"Smoke detectors save lives and the Fryeburg Fire Department is proud to partner with the Red Cross in Maine for the Free Smoke Detector Program,” said Chief Andrew Dufresne. “The Fryeburg Fire Department constantly sees the benefits of working smoke detectors saving lives in residential house fires.  These devices provide a crucial early warning to the residents of our community, allowing time to evacuate their home safely.  This program will allow both the Red Cross and the Fryeburg Fire Department an opportunity to visit the homes of our residents and provide free smoke detectors.”

This event is part of the Red Cross’ National Home Fire Preparedness 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.  Last year, the Red Cross installed more than 2,500 smoke alarms in homes throughout the state and volunteers are constantly working in communities throughout the state. If residents are unable to schedule an appointment for November 19th, they are encouraged to contact the Red Cross and set up a future meeting time.

“The Home Fire Safety campaign is focused on educating Mainers about the importance of having a working smoke alarms in their home,” said Ron Springel, Program Manager, Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. “We have installed hundreds of alarms throughout the state but there are many homes without working smoke alarms and we want to change that.”

Event Details:
What: Free Smoke Alarms Installed in Fryeburg 
When: Saturday, November 19th 10:00am to 3:30pm
Note: Members of the media interested in attending should arrive 10:00am.
Where: Fryeburg Fire Department (520 Main Street)
Description: Dozens of volunteers, along with members of the fire department will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms in homes throughout Fryeburg.


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