Red Cross volunteers, firefighters install smoke detectors in houses

Homes built before 1975 and have detectors older than 10 years or no detectors are eligible.

SPRINGFILD, Mass. (WWLP) – The American Red Cross has teamed up with local fire departments in a new fire prevention campaign. Their aim is to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by 25 percent over the next four years.

Red Cross Volunteers and firefighters are visiting people that have registered to install up to two smoke detectors and one carbon monoxide detector. Homeowners are also educated about fire safety and personal preparedness.

“When there’s a tragedy people tend to donate because of the nature of the tragedy,” volunteer Michael Patashnick told 22News. “But there’s always a need for people to donate money that can be used for home safety.”

To qualify for the free smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, you  must have a home that was built prior to 1975 and have alarms that are at least ten years old, or currently have none. The Red Cross says other people can help by making a donation to keep the program going or by talking about preparedness. You can learn how to make a donation or find out if you are eligible on the American Red Cross website.