SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The Utah Red Cross is hoping to install 1,000 alarms in the Greater Salt Lake Area in the next two week.
Starting Wednesday volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.
The event is called “Sound the Alarm”.
Rich Woodruff with the Utah Red Cross, joined us in studio to talk about how you can prepare yourself in the event of a house fire.
Woodruff says the organization’s goals is to install 100,000 smoke alarms across the U.S. between May 2nd and May 12th.
“Did you know that seven people a die in home fires and that 31 percent of those that die perish in their sleep? Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half,” Woodruff said.
Over 100 volunteers are expected to come out Wednesday for the first installation. The goal is for 300 alarms to be installed in the area of 2797 South 200 East in Salt Lake City.
Each home can request up to three free smoke alarms.
Woodruff says the campaign is making a difference. Since its launch, 418 lives have been saved.
Learn more about how you can volunteer at SoundTheAlarm.org.