Red Cross signing up volunteers, homes for free smoke alarm installations

ENID, Okla. — Volunteers and homes in need are being sought for a free smoke alarm installation event on Feb. 29, 2020.

The event, a collaboration of American Red Cross and Enid Fire Department, will provide free smoke alarms and installation for any home in Enid.

Enid Fire Marshal Ken Helms said two EFD crews will be helping Red Cross volunteers install the smoke alarms.

Helms encouraged anyone in need to register for the event and provide protection in the event of a fire.

"Smoke alarms save lives," Helms said. "They don't prevent fires, but they give you an early warning to survive a fire. They give you advance warning, so a family can be much more likely to survive a fire if they have one, and we think it's very important that everyone have smoke alarms."

According to Red Cross safety guidelines, smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Alarms should be tested every month.

Having properly installed and functioning smoke alarms in your home can cut the risk of death from fires in half, according to information provided by the Red Cross.

To make an appointment to have a smoke alarm installed in your home, call (580) 233-5914.

Anyone willing to volunteer to install smoke alarms on Feb. 29 can call Harry Hammonds at (817) 773-8089.

For information on Red Cross fire safety guidelines, go to

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