The program installs smoke detectors in dozens of local homes

The program installs smoke detectors in dozens of local homes

Smoke detectors give people a chance to escape when seconds count

Red Cross members, first responders and volunteers installed smoke detectors in dozens of homes on Saturday, amid a major Red Cross effort to contain the region’s high fire risk.

Mitch Housden, fire service specialist from Aberdeen Fire Brigade, said Saturday, which followed last week’s campaigning efforts, was a success.

“Overall it went really well. People have been very receptive to the program,” Housden said. “We’ve had several requests that we’re processing.

Focusing on west Aberdeen and east Hoquiam, where the fires have been concentrated, members of both departments, as well as police department personnel and other volunteers, have been monitoring homes that indicated a need last week.

Members of the effort installed 143 free smoke alarms in 57 homes, said Betsy Robertson, director of communications for the Red Cross Northwest region, who helped coordinate the effort.

“We had a great day. We had about 30 volunteers in total,” Robertson said. “We had some Spanish speakers help us with the translation.

Volunteers focused their efforts where they would be most helpful, Robertson said.

“We identified neighborhoods and homes that didn’t have smoke alarms,” ​​Robertson said. “There were several households that I left feeling much better about their chances of escape if a fire broke out.”

The Red Cross will hold another similar event in the spring, Robertson said.

“We usually do it in April,” Robertson said. “We haven’t set a date yet.

Anyone who wants to install a smoke detector but missed the sweep can contact Housden at afss@aberdeenwa.gov.

Contact senior reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mllockett@thedailyworld.com.

Red Cross staff Larry Bleich and local first responders helped install smoke detectors on Oct. 21 as part of the fight against the high fire risk in the region.

Red Cross staff Larry Bleich and local first responders helped install smoke detectors on Oct. 21 as part of the fight against the high fire risk in the region.

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