Did you know that when a home fire strikes you have only two minutes to escape safely? That’s why working smoke alarms are so important. In fact, having them reduces the chance of death by half and an escape plan further improves the odds.

Please join the American Red Cross of Maine as we “Sound the Alarm” this fall to save lives. Sound the Alarm is a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events that aims to install 100,000 free smoke alarms.

Here in central Maine, we’ll be doing our part by installing 250 of those free smoke alarms in Skowhegan on Sept. 23.

Find out how you can be part of this lifesaving campaign by going to SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine. If you’re a Skowhegan resident, you can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation at the website or by calling 874-1192, ext. 113. We’re also looking for volunteers to help make this event a success.

It’s only because of the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors that the Red Cross is able to fulfill its humanitarian mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. Here in Somerset County in the last year, the Red Cross responded to 20 home fires, making sure that the 92 people displaced by these disasters had the essentials and could begin the road to recovery.

Home fires kill seven people in the United States each day. Most of these deaths occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms.

Help us Sound the Alarm to prevent these tragedies. Smoke alarms truly save lives.

Eric Lynes

disaster program manager

Somerset, Franklin, Kennebec and Androscoggin counties

American Red Cross of Maine