Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death from home fires in half. This year, the Raleigh Fire Department (RFD), in partnership with the American Red Cross, will hold a campaign to install more than 2,000 smoke alarms and to continue to raise awareness about the importance of working alarms.
The department plans to organize 15 smoke alarm installation events from February to October, targeting higher-risk neighborhoods. Many of them have older homes that might not have smoke alarms.
RFD, Red Cross to Visit Raleigh Neighborhood Feb. 25
The fire department, Red Cross, and volunteers are scheduled to visit the Brentwood neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to install smoke alarms for free.
The partners will visit the neighborhood about a week before the event to inform residents of about this program and to leave informational materials.
During the 20-minute home visits, members of the fire department and Red Cross volunteers will also share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts, and how to create an escape plan. Bilingual volunteers will be available to help, too.
The next installation event is scheduled for March 18. To learn more, visit the campaign page.
The campaign is supported by a $22,000 grant RFD received from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation in 2022.