SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Western Massachusetts Red Cross is hoping that free Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms will reduce fires by 25 percent.
The Red Cross has already replaced hundreds of faulty alarm systems since they began working with Pioneer Valley fire departments in March. 22News caught up with the Red Cross’ Mary Nathan as she prepared to install detectors and alarm systems in dozens of South Hadley homes.
Nathan said the program may have already saved one life, “Three months later, one of the houses we had installed called their fire department and said, ‘come get this faulty alarm out of my house. It keeps going off.’ The fire department… luckily they did because they found out the carbon monoxide alarm was going off because the man has a carbon monoxide problem in the house.”
During the next five years, The Red Cross intend to replace faulty equipment in more than 100 western Massachusetts communities. You can register for the replacements by notifying your local fire department.