CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The American Red Cross in partnership with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and other volunteers were out installing free smoke alarms on Saturday in the southern area of Cape Girardeau.
Firefighters and Red Cross members went door to door checking on residents to see if they would like their smoke detectors checked or new ones installed for free.
American Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer Chris Harmon said they received a lot of calls for smoke alarms in that area and said it’s important that each house has a working one.
"We know that smoke alarms can save lives," Harmon said. "They can save you and they can prompt you to get out. We know we have documented almost 30 live saved in our Red Cross region in the last 3 years."
Harmon said after a fire in the area, they have personnel that respond to those victims and interview them to see if the smoke alarms helped.
"We actually have a system that if a family has a house fire, we show up and that is another service that we provide is taking care of that family after a home fire," Harmon explained. "It just happens to be that almost 30 of them have had smoke alarms installed by us or our partners like the fire department here in Cape Girardeau."
If you would like to sign up to receive an alarm installed in your home or for more information about the American Red Cross, you can visit them here.