Red Cross hopes to save more lives with smoke-alarm giveaway

The American Red Cross is trying to save lives, by giving away free smoke alarms.

The Hawaii State Chapter’s volunteers were stationed at various locations across the state to give people the opportunity to sign-up for free smoke alarms with installation appointments.

The drive continued through 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“You know they should view it as a life-saving measure,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of Red Cross Hawaii. “A lot of people don’t know about, you know people can buy a smoke alarm. But maybe they don’t know how to use it and they don’t know how to install it.”

Sign-up tables were located at Don Quijote in Waipahu, the Kamehameha Shopping Center; and Walmart locations in Kunia, Mililani and Pearl City.

The smoke alarms will be installed in April with help from members of IBEW Local 1186.

The Red Cross recently kicked off a nationwide home fire prevention campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent within five years.

This campaign is being coordinated in partnership with the Honolulu Fire Department’s Smoke Alarms for Everyone (SAFE) program.

According to Red Cross statistics, an average of seven people a day die in home fires across the nation.

Smoke alarms cut that death rate in half.

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