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Red Cross and Emera Maine partner to 'Sound the Alarm' in Ellsworth to save lives


Release Date:  09-01-2017

Hancock County, Maine – Saturday, October 7, the American Red Cross of Maine and Emera Maine are partnering with the Ellsworth Fire Department to Sound the Alarm and save lives by installing free smoke alarms in Ellsworth.

Ellsworth residents wishing to schedule an appointment to have smoke alarms, free of charge, installed in their homes can call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113 OR Online at http://www.redcross.org/local/maine/home-fire-safety/smoke-alarm

Home fire safety teams will speak with residents who register for an appointment about fire safety, emergency escape plans and install battery-operated smoke alarms, free of charge. This is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Emera Maine and the efforts of community volunteers and the local fire department. Dozens of volunteers have signed up to participate on Saturday, October 7 and they plan to visit homes throughout the day with a goal of installing hundreds of free smoke alarms.

The Ellsworth event is part of Sound the Alarm, a series of smoke alarm installation and home fire events taking place across the nation from Sept. 23 through Oct. 15. During this period, the Red Cross and its partners will install 100,000 smoke alarms, culminating in the 1 millionth alarm since the launch of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

The Red Cross has a goal of reducing the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent nationally over five years.   The Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 8,000 smoke alarms in homes throughout Maine. Red Cross volunteers are constantly working in communities throughout the state to reduce home fires, and a working smoke alarm increases the odds of someone surviving a home fire by 50 percent. .  Emera Maine’s grant enables the Red Cross to launch a Sound the Alarm event in Ellsworth.

“This is the second time we have partnered with the Red Cross to stage a Home Fire Campaign  event”, said Charlene McQuaid, Vice President, HR and External Affairs, for Emera Maine.  “Following the success of a similar project in Machias last spring, we wanted to continue the good work the Red Cross is doing to help keep people safe.  Safety is at the forefront of all we do at Emera Maine, so we couldn’t be happier to provide this support.”

When a fire breaks out in a home, residents have about two minutes to escape.  “Smoke alarms provide an early warning when a home fire starts, and combined with an emergency escape plan, greatly increase your odds of getting out of the house safely,” said Larry French, the Red Cross disaster program manager for Hancock County.