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American Red Cross and Volunteers Install More Than 100 Smoke Detectors in Fort Scott

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FORT SCOTT, KANSAS -

Fire fighters bring a sense of security into Paula's home.
Volunteers are installing more than 100 other smoke detectors into homes across Fort Scott. And they're doing it free of charge.

"It helps a lot. When you're not the income you used to make when I worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, I made a lot more money than I do being retired. 

Dicie Nicklause from the American Red Cross says having a smoke alarm in your home reduces fire fatalities.

"We're kicking off our Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign where we're installing alarms all over the United States over a three week span. We're hoping to reduce fire fatalities by 25 percent by getting these installed and making sure families have a home fire escape plan"

The American Red Cross website says 31 percent of home fire victims never wake up after a fire starts. 
But having a smoke detector in the case of a fire gives people more time to get out and call the fire department.

"Once the smoke detector is activated, they can be able to call 911 to get our department to respond. Which in turn could save lives and save property" says Dave Burner from the Fort Scott Fire Department.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross hope to install around 100 thousand smoke alarms in homes across the country, so residents like Paula can have peace of mind.

"I think it's important to have a smoke detector so if you have a fire, you're going to know ahead of time that you need to get out" says Paula.

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