Photo: American Red Cross Sound The Alarm Event

Local Fire Departments have a goal to install 250 free smoke alarms for residents in Chattooga County.  Last week, volunteers with the Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” event installed 52 smoke alarms for area residents.

The American Red Cross says  an average of seven people die every day in house fires. But, having properly working smoke alarms can increase the odds of surviving a home fire-related tragedy by 50 percent.

In the recent event around 20 volunteers headed out in teams of three to install smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create a home fire escape plan—where every household member can get out safely, in two minutes or less. Services were provided at no charge to residents and after only a few hours, 52 alarms had been installed in nearly two dozen homes.
“If we can save one additional life, the time we spent installing alarms was worth it,” stated Chief Latham, Summerville Fire Department.

If any additional residents need smoke alarms, they can contact the local Red Cross office at 844-536-6226. Last week’s efforts in Summerville were part of the Red Cross’ national Sound the Alarm campaign, which has already installed more than 1.6 million free smoke alarms and saved more than 580 lives across the country—14 right in Georgia!

“We were absolutely thrilled to partner with the fire department and community supporters to help save lives,” said Carla Dillard Homer, Chief Operating Officer for Georgia’s Red Cross.
To learn more about Sound the Alarm visit For more information on Red Cross services—including ways you can help—go to or call 1-800-Red Cross.