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Oct 11, 2015 9:38 AM

Red Cross volunteers install smoke detectors in Nashua homes


NASHUA - The city has 300 new smoke detectors installed in area homes today.

That's thanks to the work of 30 volunteers from the American Red Cross on Saturday, visiting homes to help families prepare for the worst.

According to the Red Cross, the home fire preparedness campaign has already saved 26 lives across the country by installing smoke detectors in homes.

“Emergencies are going to happen, so this is something that the America Red Cross can do to help people to prepare for the unexpected,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the N.H. and Vermont Red Cross.

The Red Cross chapter serving the two states responds to a home fire on average every 20 hours. As part of the agency's home fire preparedness effort, they installed 300 smoke detectors for free across the city.

Not only did families get a free smoke detector, they also got guidance on setting up an escape route and safety procedure in case there ever is a fire in the home.

"Typically a family has only two minutes to leave their home once a fire alarm sounds, so it’s really important families know what to do when they hear the beep," Devlin said.

The Red Cross is continuing to look for individuals or families who need smoke detectors installed. You can find out more by visiting their website.


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