Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Volunteers install smoke alarms at Key West mobile home park

Volunteers install smoke alarms at Key West mobile home park

As part of the Sound the Alarm program, Red Cross volunteers and Des Moines firefighters went door to door on the city's east side.

The American Red Cross held its nationwide campaign, Sound the Alarm. The Red Cross, along with the local fire departments and multiple community organizations, will be installing free smoke alarms in Bakersfield homes while educating families on the importance of home fire safety.

"Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death related to home fires", said Dr. Jeffrey Carter, the medical director of the Burn Center at University Medical Center. Almost 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes had a working smoke alarm, officials said.

"We always say hear the beep where you sleep so we always recommend to have them in your bedroom in common areas like living rooms", said Piffero.

"Over half of the fire deaths that we have investigated had no smoke alarms", a Jackson firefighter said. "Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives".

Bruner told the coffee attendees that volunteers are needed to help the fire department in installing the smoke detectors. The event will conclude at 2 p.m. with lunch and wrap up.

"I think it was still working, but it was over 10 years old".

Please call Rick Nieslanik if you have time to help with the smoke alarm installations.

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