The Red Cross aims to install free smoke alarms in homes across the country.
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DeKalb fire dept. going door to door installing free smoke alarms

DeKalb County fire officials, the American Red Cross and other volunteers plan to canvass neighborhoods in South DeKalb on Wednesday to install about 300 free smoke alarms in homes.

The volunteers plan to meet at DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department Station 26 on McAfee Road, and walk door to door in the Candler-McAfee area for several hours. They will install smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them, replace existing alarm batteries and educate families on fire prevention tips.


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The volunteer event, called “Sound the Alarm,” is part of the Red Cross’ mission to install 100,000 free smoke alarms nationwide by May 12. The organization said seven people die every day in home fires.

More than 580 lives have been saved through smoke alarm campaigns, including 14 in Georgia, the Red Cross estimated.

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