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Sioux City Fire Rescue to partner with American Red Cross to help install free smoke detectors in homes

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Having a working smoke detector in your home is paramount to keeping you and your family safe.

This Saturday, Sioux City Fire Rescue and the American Red Cross will partner to install smoke detectors in Sioux City homes that don’t have one.

Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers from Sioux City Fire Rescue and the American Red Cross will be going door to door on the west side of Sioux City, installing smoke detectors free of charge.

Mark Aesoph from Sioux City Fire Rescue, and Tammy Lee from the American Red Cross, spoke to KTIV’s Stella Daskalakis about the program and why a simple alarm can mean the difference between life or death.

“Smoke alarms are just your lifeline when you have a fire in your home,” said Aesoph. “Smoke that is generated from today’s fires is much thicker, much more deadly and toxic than it ever has been. And that smoke alarm is your first line of defense. It will initiate that alarm real early in the fire to give you the time that you need to get out safely.”

For the past several years, the event has helped to install 1,217 smoke alarms in 709 homes.

Lee said the program has made a major impact in Siouxland.

“We know this works. The American Red Cross has documented over 550 lives saved through this effort over the last four years. It’s an incredible number,” said Lee.

For people who would like to volunteer, they are asked to register online by clicking here.

Anyone who would like a free SAFE Home Inspection and free smoke alarms can call Sioux City Fire Rescue at 279-6377.

KTIV Staff

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