The American Red Cross is installing free smoke alarms and participating in nationwide fire safety efforts as a part of Sound the Alarm in West Michigan.

The national campaign runs from April 28 to May 13 and it aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from house fires.

Residents in West Michigan can register to get a smoke alarm installed. There are multiple installation events happening in the area:

  • May 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Greater Grand Rapids
  • May 5 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Muskegon
  • May 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Greater Grand Rapids\

Free smoke alarms and home safety plans are available to all who register. Nationally, the Red Cross will hold a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100 high-risk communities. They will install 100,000 free smoke alarms.

"In West Michigan, we have responded to 206 home fires so far this fiscal year. Please help us Sound the Alarm by taking steps to protect your own family from home fires, volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community or making a financial contribution to the Red Cross," said Nikki Salladay, Red Cross Disaster Services Program Manager.

If you would like to sign up to receive a free smoke alarm, you can do that through the Red Cross.

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