Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, November 26, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The American Red Cross is reminding residents of a home fire preparedness campaign. In Northeast Ohio, the American Red Cross responds to an average of 3 home fires every day.

Regional Communications Officer Jim McIntyre said that smoke alarms cut the risk of serious injury or death due to a home fire in half.

“Last year the Red Cross and its partners, which would include local fire departments, installed more than 17,000 free smoke alarms in people’s home to help make them safer.”

McIntyre said that to help combat the nearly five deaths that occur annually due to a home fire throughout Carroll, Harrison, Stark, and Tuscarawas Counties, the Red Cross of Stark and Muskingum Lakes has partnered with area fire departments and other agencies to identify at-risk areas.

Residents can obtain a free smoke alarm from the Red Cross by logging on to redcross.org/neo or soundthealarm.org/neo.

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