American Red Cross and Belpre Volunteer Fire Department install and fix hundreds of smoke alarms

Published: Mar. 1, 2019 at 5:24 PM EST
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UPDATE: 3/2/19

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio and the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department went door to door this morning to install, check, and replace smoke detectors.

They also equipped residents with resources for dangerous situations including a home fire checklist and winter storm checklist.

“Anytime you can give people a faster notice of any kind of a fire or smoke in their home, you increase the survival rate. And we’re into saving lives and protecting property as best as we can…and we either replace old ones or add new ones to get them better coverage,” explains John Eckelberry, a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

The volunteers planned to go door to door from 9 a.m. until around 3 p.m.


Volunteers will be hitting the streets of Belpre Saturday in hopes of saving lives.

The American Red Cross of Southeast Ohio and the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department will be traveling door-to-door throughout the Belpre area Saturday, March 2 to check residents’ smoke detectors, install smoke detectors, gather data from residents, and educate them about fire safety and escape plans. It will be free of charge.

“That’s one reason why we take data, whenever there’s a fire, we check to see if it’s a home that we have installed a smoke detector and if it is and the residents got out alive, we count that as a win because if they did not have a smoke detector, their chances of escaping would be much less,” said Jane Patton, the regional administrative coordinator for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio.

“To date, since we've started this program and it is a nationwide program, nationwide, we have saved over 500 lives by installing smoke detectors, it's very important that everyone has working smoke detectors."

Patton estimates they will install 125 to 150 alarms on Saturday.

They’ll be out there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.