Sound the Alarm event prepares families in case of a fire emergency

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It's a campaign that raises awareness on fire safety and prevention.

The American Red Cross hosted its Sound the Alarm event that encourages the use of smoke alarms to help reduce the number of deaths caused by house fires. "We have volunteers out in the field right now installing smoke alarms and making homes safer by working with families on their fire escape plans", Paul said.

It only takes 30 minutes for Red Cross volunteers to install the smoke alarms and go over a quick education session on how it works and what to do in case of a fire. "This is the most common disaster threat to an American family".

"We found a real need for a campaign like this based off of a ton of stats that boil down to the fact that most Americans are over confident and under prepared for house fires", Meianna Oeser of the American Red Cross said.

Wise says Rockford Fire responds to a home fire call every 26 hours.

"You hear me say it hundred times, again and again, smoke alarms save lives", NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell said. "We stress to people that smoke alarms are proven to save lives".

Rockford was just one of over 100-high-risk communities picked to be a part of the Sound the Alarm series across the country.

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