Smoke alarms save lives

PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Dozens of volunteers walked the streets today, to hand out life-saving devices.  The American Red Cross partnered with Pittston Fire Company and other local agencies to install free smoke alarms.

This sound, could save your life.

"When a fire starts in a home or residence you have two minutes to get out.  It is not the fire that kills you, it is the smoke.  And smoke alarms give you that early warning so you can get out of your home," says Bill Goldsworthy.

Ten teams set off from the Pittston Fire Hall carrying these buckets filled with smoke alarms, hoping to get in the community, installing 300 alarms.

Volunteers went door to door in Pittston.  Many welcoming the help.

It took volunteers a few quick minutes to get the alarms installed.  For some volunteers this is a personal mission. 

"A few years ago, one of our club members died in a fire and did not have a smoke detector in the house," says John John.

Rotary club members don't want to see another fatality.  "We actually did go to one of the houses and installed three smoke detectors that they did not have smoke detectors in and with children," says John.

Making an impact.

"Leaving that house made us feel really good because in the future if something does happen in that house, there is a good chance they will be able it survive it now".

Hoping to save lives.

If someone wasn't home when volunteers stopped by, they can call the number left on their porch to schedule an installation.  If you would like volunteers to visit your neighborhood, contact the American Red Cross.


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