Red Cross volunteers to distribute free smoke alarms

Red Cross volunteers to distribute free smoke alarms in high risk Knoxville neighborhoods


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Knoxville Fire Department are working together in an effort to prevent injuries and death as a result of house fires.

Volunteers will distribute free smoke alarms on Saturday, January 25 in the Lonsdale, Lincoln Park and Burlington neighborhoods. Firefighters say these neighborhoods see a higher proportion of house fires than other Knoxville neighborhoods.

Volunteers will go door-to-door to ask residents if their homes are equipped with working smoke alarms. Firefighters will be accompanying the volunteers to help test smoke alarms and install new ones if needed.

The Red Cross says single-family house fires are the most common disaster in East Tennessee. In 2013, Red Cross volunteers responded to more than 1,000 disasters. More than 90 percent of those involved house fires.

Dozens of volunteers are expected to participate.

The smoke alarms are funded by a grant to the Knoxville Fire Department from the State of Tennessee.

If you are a Knoxville citizen, but not in one of the targeted neighborhoods, you can still receive a free smoke alarm by calling KFD at (865) 595-4672.

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