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Northern Utah American Red Cross seeks volunteers to install smoke alarms

Thursday , April 12, 2018 - 5:15 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated. Because of an error in a Red Cross news release, a previous version listed the incorrect starting time for volunteers to arrive Saturday.

OGDEN — Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 14, as the Northern Utah Chapter American Red Cross installs 300 free smoke alarms for Ogden residents in need.

The event, called Cause for Alarms, also provides an opportunity for volunteers to teach residents about fire safety, organizers said.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year, most of which are home fires, according to a news release about the event.

“This year, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 12,500 home fires, and tragically, in some of these cases, lives have been lost,” the release said. “Having smoke alarms in a home cuts the risk of death from a fire in half.”

The effort to install free smoke alarms is credited with saving 381 lives nationwide each year since 2014 when it started.

“Doing good for others and the community you live in gives a person a great sense of belonging,” said Kirsten Stuart, a spokeswoman for the Northern Utah Chapter American Red Cross. “Volunteering in an event such as Cause for Alarms, not only gives you that sense, it is making your community safer and possibly saving a life.”

Another reward for volunteering is the chance to get to know partners and community members who want to make a difference, Stuart said.

Volunteers are asked to register here.

Participants will work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and meet just prior to that time Saturday at the LDS Stake Center located at 2115 Jefferson Ave. in Ogden.

No experience is required, organizers said. Training and equipment will be provided.

For more information about the event or how to help, visit Redcross.org/Utah or contact Natalee Good at natalee.good@redcross.org or 801-625-0859 ext. 7107.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis.

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