The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering. These are the first nine words of our 25 word mission statement.

You see us helping after major natural disasters. We were also helping after the horrific auto accident last October. And, whenever there is a fire, and the fire chief calls us, we are there to help. Our mission first and foremost is to prevent suffering. That is why, in 2014 we began The Home Fire Campaign. Our goal is to reduce home-fire caused death and injury in America by 25 percent.

A very large part of this campaign is called Sound the Alarm. With Sound the Alarm, if you call us, Red Cross volunteers will come to your home and install, absolutely free, up to three, occasionally four, 10-year permanent battery smoke alarms, $80-$102 value. We will also give fire-safety training.

Too many people have smoke alarms that are over 10 years old, are missing batteries, or they simply don’t have enough alarms. We are here to help. No cost. No strings attached.

So many people in this tri-county area have donated money to help others. We see these free smoke alarms as a way to give back, right here in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. This is a nationwide initiative. Anyone, anywhere just has to call their local Red Cross to get free smoke alarms installed any day of the year.

To raise awareness, on the three weekends between April 27 and May 12, our nationwide goal is to install 100,000 free alarms. On May 4, our ENY Regional Office has picked the Glens Falls area to install 1,000 free smoke alarms.

Please sign up for May 4: Soundthealarm.org/eny, or call 518-694-5121. For every other day free smoke alarm installation, call our Glens Falls office 518-792-6545 #5.

Bill Loeb, Glens Falls Red Cross Volunteer

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