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American Red Cross teams up with local students to install free smoke alarms

The American Red Cross- Texas Panhandle is teaming up with local high school's to raise fire safety awareness and install over 1,000 smoke alarms on Saturday, April 28. (Courtesy: American Red Cross-Texas Panhandle)

The American Red Cross- Texas Panhandle is teaming up with local high school's to raise fire safety awareness and install over 1,000 smoke alarms on Saturday, April 28.

Kiley Murray, executive director for the American Red Cross serving the Texas Panhandle, said the organization launched the 'Sound the Alarm. Save a Life' campaign to raise home fire safety awareness and education, in efforts to reduce deaths and injuries that are caused by home fires.

As part of the campaign, the Red Cross will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 at-risk neighborhoods nationwide, including Amarillo and Canyon.

For weeks, students from Canyon, River Road and Palo Duro High School's have been gathering home addresses and reaching out to friends and family who live in these three high school clusters to ask if anyone is in need of a new smoke alarm or needing batteries replaced in their current one.

For residents that answered yes, on Saturday, the students will come into the neighborhoods and install FREE smoke alarms, discuss home fire safety and help create escape plans with families.

"In the Panhandle, the Red Cross annually responds to hundreds of home fires, the biggest disaster threat our community faces," Murray said. "The Red Cross encourages you to take steps to protect your own familiy from home fires by testing your home's smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan regularly."

Murray tells ABC 7 News that in the Palo Duro and River Road High School cluster areas, home addresses are still needed from residents who would like a smoke alarm installed or replaced.

To have your name put on the list, residents living in these areas can contact the American Red Cross at (806) 376-6300 and leave their name, telephone number and address. They can also contact the organization through their Facebook page.



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