Springfield Fire Department to install free smoke alarms in homes

Hampden County
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  The Springfield Fire Department and the American Red Cross are installing free smoke alarms on Saturday.

In a news release sent to 22News, the fire department is working with the Red Cross and hundreds of volunteers to educate residents about the dangers of home fires and installing smoke alarms for the Sound the Alarm event at 8:30 a.m. at the Sullivan Public Safety Complex in Springfield.

Red Cross volunteers will get assignments and work across Springfield to help make homes safer.

The Sound the Alarm event is a nationwide program a part of the Home Fire Campaign that looks to reduce the number of home-fire related deaths in the United States. 

According to Red Cross of Massachusetts spokesman Jeff Hall, seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Most occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of death in half.

The program will install 100,000 smoke alarms in communities across the United States.

The event will also take place on May 4. 

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