The American Red Cross North Texas has installed over 3,000 free smoke alarms as part of their Sound the Alarm initiative.

Sound the Alarm is part of a nation-wide collaboration between Red Cross volunteers and fire departments to install free smoke alarms and help families create fire escape plans in high-risk neighborhoods.

“I am proud of the work done by Red Cross volunteers and our partners to make North Texas safer every day. Over the last three weeks, we focused our efforts on home fire safety and, as a result, thousands of people are better prepared in the event of a fire,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO, American Red Cross North Texas.

From April 28 to May 13, 2018, the Red Cross serviced more than 1,060 homes in 121 counties in North Texas, including Lubbock County. To date, they’ve installed more than 1.3 million free smoke alarms since the initiative began in 2014.

The American Red Cross says they respond to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

To become a Red Cross volunteer for the Sound the Alarm initiative, visit their website.