An agency that responds to emergencies is now trying to prevent them.
The American Red Cross is now teaming up with the city of Scranton fire department to give away free smoke detectors to anyone that needs them.
Scranton firefighters and volunteers from the American Red Cross went door-to-door in South Scranton Tuesday morning.
They were hanging door tags and talking to homeowners about a new partnership the two agencies have formed.
“Some detectors are the best thing you can possibly have in your house to protect you against fire. They don’t prevent fires but when one occurs you get enough warning to get out of the house,” Scranton fire inspector and fire prevention specialist Shaun Flynn said.
Carol Lazdowsky received one of the door tags as she watched her grandchildren Tuesday.
While her son’s home in South Scranton is protected, she knows many others are not.
“I think it’s great. I think it’s great. A lot of people around the area don’t have smoke detectors, can’t afford them,” Lazkowsky said.
The American Red Cross has just launched a “Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.”
Starting this Saturday, the American Red Cross will provide free smoke detectors to any homeowner that needs them and firefighters will even install them.
“We have an unlimited supply of smoke detectors. The goal is to save lives and reduce injuries by 25-percent,” American Red Cross Disaster Specialist Jeffrey Banks said.
On Saturday, the first detectors will be installed in the area surrounding Connors Park.
The Scranton fire chief is interested and somewhat worried to know how many homes may currently be unprotected.
“I’m ready to be floored, maybe by the homes that don’t have them and that need them terribly with children in them especially,” Scranton fire chief Pat DeSarno said. “I’m ready to be shocked a little bit but I hope I’m not.”
No registration is required to get a free smoke detector in South Scranton on Saturday.
Volunteers will be canvassing the same neighborhood they were in on Tuesday morning to install the devices.
In the coming months, other sections of the city will also have the option to get free smoke detectors in a similar fashion.