Red Cross holds "sound the alarm" volunteer day

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- We usually don’t pay attention to our smoke alarms unless they run out of battery power and start beeping. But what if you never notice them because they don’t work at all?

That’s why American Red Cross of Western Colorado hosted an event Saturday they call, “Sound the Alarm,” where volunteers from around the Grand Valley went door to door, asking people if they needed new smoke alarms installed.

They also did it free of charge.

According to the Red Cross, fire safety in the home is something that needs to be taken seriously.

“Home fires are the leading killer, the leading disaster that the Red Cross responds to. Its really important to have a functional smoke alarm in your home, to have a plan of what to do if you do have a fire in your house, and we just want to make sure that our community is as safe as possible," said Executive Director for American Red Cross of Western Colorado Eric Myers.

The Red Cross says that in the Colorado and Wyoming region alone, over 15,000 free smoke alarms have been installed since the program began back in 2014.

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