Red Cross promotes smoke detector distribution

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 75 volunteers logged 6700 volunteer hours for the Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2018.

Executive Director Sharon Kesselring presented the Red Cross annual report to Wood County Commission Monday.

2300 units of blood were collected at the Keystone Blood Center and during blood drives.

Kesselring talked a lot, however, about how the agency's distribution of smoke alarms throughout Wood and Wirt Counties has saved lives.

"And six lives have been saved here in Wood County. It really is an amazing program," she told the commission. "We had two lives saved in January of 2018, and four more lives saved, which included two children, in July of 2018."

A day-long distribution drive is set for early May.

She says volunteers, including local fire departments, plan to install 500 smoke detectors in local homes that day.

In addition, 700 more will be installed the week before and the week after the May 4th drive.