Free smoke alarms coming to Sioux City
So far this year the Red Cross has responded to 28 fires across Northern and Western Iowa.
And this Saturday for a third year, the Red Cross and Sioux City Fire Rescue are partnering to keep those fires from becoming deadly.
This is a chance to make sure people in the Sioux City community are as forewarned as possible about fire and a chance for the community as a whole to come together and improve their security.
Do you know what to do if a fire were to happen in your home?
It seems like a rhetorical question, since most people know to leave as soon as possible, but there are crucial steps to take.
According to a Red Cross survey, more than 80% of people surveyed believe everyone in their household knows what to do when a smoke alarm goes off, but less than half have a home fire escape plan in place.
Jesse Pedersen, Local 7 Firefighters said, "It's so important to make people aware just for them to be able to get out of their home. Smoke alarms are the first step. The second step is knowing how to get out of your home."
Sioux City Fire Rescue has teamed up with the Red Cross to host the "Sound the Alarm" event on April 7th where crews will teach people about fire safety and install smoke alarms for free.
"Fire is something that affects an entire neighborhood not just an individual home and it's a great way you can give back to the community," said Heather Adams, Church of Latter Day Saints.
A group including one fire department member and roughly five volunteers will go door to door to educate and install free fire alarms in Sioux City.
That being said, volunteers are needed!
Adams says, "There are a number of different pieces that the volunteers can do. Along with the smoke alarm is the education piece, we need individuals who are willing to just spend a few minutes talking with each family about education."
Volunteers will also be in charged of recording how many smoke alarms they install.
In the past two years, Sioux City Fire Rescue has installed over 400 fire alarms helping to save lives.
The Red Cross hopes to install 100,000 free smoke alarms nationwide, in just 16 days from April 28 to May 13.
If you're interested in volunteering, you can visit the link on the Sioux City Fire Department Facebook page.
If you are under 18, you must have parental supervision.
The event will be held this Saturday April 7th from 9AM-3PM.