Sounding the alarm

Home fires threaten the lives of our neighbors and, sadly, take seven lives each day in the U.S. Most often, tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms — but these devices can cut the risk of death in half.

That’s why the American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia is rallying to Sound the Alarm against home fires in Wood and Wirt counties. Partners include the City of Parkersburg Fire Department, all volunteer fire departments in Wood and Wirt counties, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Erie Insurance, Bernard McDonough Foundation, Dominion Energy, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, Wood County Rotary, Woodcraft Supply, State Farm Insurance, First Energy, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, and United Bank. During Sound the Alarm events in Wood and Wirt counties, teams will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create home fire escape plans.

These services are free and available to all people in need. Already, they’ve helped save more than 500 lives nationwide through our Home Fire Campaign, and we want to make sure everyone has access to these free resources to stay safe.

Appointments can still be scheduled for Sound the Alarm events, which are part of a national effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 at-risk communities in just two weeks. Please join our fight to #EndHomeFires by calling 304-485-7316 or visiting soundthealarm.org/westvirginia. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.

Charles “Chip” Pickering

Chapter Chairman

American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia