Volunteers needed to help install free smoke alarms in Morrison
March 15, 2023 — The American Red Cross of Illinois is leading the Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation and home fire safety event on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Morrison, IL as part of a national Red Cross initiative to install 50,000 free smoke alarms with partners in more than 50 communities across the country throughout the year.
“Sound the Alarm is a meaningful way to get involved in the community and directly impact lives,” said Leslie Luther, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. “In just one day, Red Cross volunteers are helping save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes in Morrison, which cuts the risk of dying in a home fire by half.”
IF YOU NEED A SMOKE ALARM
To schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm installation during this Red Cross Sound the Alarm event, residents in Morrison can visit https://tinyurl.com/MorrisonILSmokeAlarms or call 815-963-8471, ext. 7. During the 20-minute home visits, Red Cross volunteers will also share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.
Volunteers needed to help install free smoke alarms
People can register now at SoundTheAlarm.org to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information with residents during a local Sound the Alarm event in Morrison on Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No prior experience is needed. Training will be provided before volunteer teams, with members of the Red Cross, visit area homes.
“Fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster and many of us don’t realize we have just two minutes to escape a home fire,” said Jeff Klarman, Board Chair for the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. “Through the Sound the Alarm campaign, we’re working to reduce the number of fatalities by increasing homes that have working smoke alarms.”
1,583 LIVES SAVED AND COUNTING
This Sound the Alarm event is a critical part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has helped save at least 1,583 lives since launching in October 2014. Of those lives saved, 45 were in Illinois.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from corporate partners: Motorola Solutions Foundation, Bank of America, Peoples Gas, and ComEd. Because of generous donations, all services are free and available.
Can’t join the event? You can also make a difference by donating to the Red Cross at SoundTheAlarm.org to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires — which account for most of the U.S. disasters that the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes.
Home fires are our country’s most frequent disaster and claim seven lives every day in the U.S. To help protect your household, test your smoke alarms each month and practice your escape plan until everyone can get out in less than two minutes.
If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster, please call our dispatch line: (877) 597-0747.
Visit redcross.org/fire for more information. Download our free Emergency app by searching for “American Red Cross” in app stores. Free resources are available to help children learn what to do during a home fire and other emergencies.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.