“Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” initiative installs hundreds of smoke detectors

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP)- Saturday was the day of the “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” free smoke alarm installation campaign through the American Red Cross in partnership with 12 fire departments in Wood and Wirt counties.

Firefighters and volunteers installed, on average, three smoke alarms per house as well as provided educational materials that could help in the case of a fire.

“Just telling people to have two ways out, where to get out, how to do it, where to meet, a meeting spot outside the home, never go back in, and just information like that," says firefighter Patrick Davis of the Parkersburg Fire Department.

“We know it saves lives. We know this because we are verifying lives saved as a result of where we’ve placed alarms verses where there’s been a home fire afterwards. We have had over 580 lives saved in the United States since the program began in fall of 2014. Here in West Virginia, 25 lives have been saved , six of them right here in Wood County,” adds Sharon Kesselring, the Executive Director of American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia.

Kesselring also notes that the project needed more than 30 firefighters and 60 Red Cross staff to facilitate.

The group installed over 700 smoke alarms.