Free smoke alarm installation weekend

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A pair of Chatham County communities are selected by the Red Cross for an event that hopes to reduce fire fatalities and injuries.  Savannah and Thunderbolt, Georgia Tare two of 100 U.S. Communities to Receive Free Smoke Alarms.  The event is billed as “Sound the Alarm”,  free smoke alarm installation program.  Volunteers go door to door to offer more than free smoke alarm installation, they will also help families develop an escape plan if a fire ever breaks out in their home.  Southeast & Coastal Georgia Red Cross Executive Director, Esther M. Sheppard, explains, “This campaign is a little different because it is, ah, launched in order to number one, make families safer, um, homes safer by teaching families the importance of, um  building, an escape, ah , emergency escape plan ensuring that families know what to do when an emergency occurs in their home.  It also teaches them how to utilize their smoke alarm, how to test it on a monthly basis,” Sheppard said.

Every day seven people die in home fires and the Red Cross wants to do everything possible to prevent these needless tragedies.  The program has a proven track record since it started several years ago.  More than a million and a half smoke alarms later, over 580 lives have been saved nationwide through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and Sound the Alarm events: including 14 lives in Georgia.  On January 10, 2019, Red Cross Disaster Action Team Volunteer Tom Wilson, responded to a home fire emergency in Albany, Georgia.  With smoke still rising from the recently burnt residence, he arrived to find a family of four standing safely, on the outside of their home. As Tom approached the survivors, the Mother stepped forward and said, “Those smoke alarms you installed saved our lives—all four of us!” As it turns out, Tom had been to the exact home less than two months before, on November 17, 2018. That day, along with the Albany Fire Department, he installed free smoke alarms in the family’s mobile home and helped them make a home fire escape plan. The satisfaction of knowing he’s saving lives is one of the reasons Tom is helping to organize this year’s Sound the Alarm events.  The Savannah and Thunderbolt events are set for Saturday and Sunday respectively:

Savannah – Sound the Alarm
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon 
Heavenbound Baptist Church – 1401 Quacco Rd. Savannah, GA (meeting location)

Thunderbolt – Sound the Alarm 
Sunday, April 28, 2019
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm 
Thunderbolt Senior Center – 3236 Russell St. Thunderbolt, GA  (meeting location)

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