Belton Fire Department, American Red Cross team up to install smoke alarms

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-28 18:53:00-04

Hundreds of homes in Belton are a little safer now thanks to dozens of volunteers.

The Belton Fire Department teamed up with the American Red Cross to install smoke alarms in homes for free on Saturday.

Belton Fire Chief Bruce Pritchard said house fires are the number one fires across the nation.

The American Red Cross said every day, seven people die in home fires. It's a statistic they want to change.

Nearly 100 volunteers went door to door Saturday in Belton, helping check smoke alarms and installing them at no cost. 

"[They are] volunteering their time on a Saturday to come out and help people that they don't know, that they'll probably never meet again, they've never seen them before, but they are here to help put these smoke detectors in for free to help keep their families safe," Pritchard said.

This is the first time Belton firefighters and the Red Cross have teamed up for the 'Sound the Alarm' initiative. They would like to see smoke alarms in every home in Belton.

Two hundred twenty smoke alarms were installed on Saturday.

The American Red Cross said they will be hosting the 'Sound the Alarm' initiative in Waco in October.

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