Nationwide the American Red Cross is taking part in the ‘Sound the Alarm, Save a Life’ initiative, installing smoke alarms in more than 100-high-risk communities and teaching fire safety.
The city of Springfield kicked off their efforts Thursday morning.
“It’s an expense that some families forget, and take batteries out,” said Jen Garutti, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts. “And we’re going to do our part to install hundreds of alarms in the next few days with our volunteers and our partners the Springfield Fire Department.”
Fires have left dozens of western Massachusetts residents without homes this year.. but some people lose much more.
“We’ve had three fatalities in the city of Springfield since the beginning of this year, and smoke detectors go along way in helping to prevent fatalities,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner, BJ Calvi.
Through this initiative, the western Massachusetts chapter of the Red Cross said that on Thursday they’ll install nearly 60 smoke alarms in homes in Springfield. Marilyn Shine took advantage of this opportunity.”
” I live alone and my children aren’t always available if I have an emergency, and I wanna make sure I’m safe,” said Shine.
The Sound the Alarm camping runs through May 13th.