Volunteers install free fire alarms in Carolina Beach


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross and the Carolina Beach Fire Department teamed up Saturday to install smoke detectors inside homes that needed them.

Today’s mission comes just a few months after deadly fires in Carolina Beach.

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The 77 volunteers spent their day off doing a good deed.

Tom Albert is a Marine Science Technician for the US Coast Guard and he said, “Why not get involved? It’s a good thing for the community.”

“If you help someone out and you help protect their family, I think that is a great thing,” said Albert.

In a recent study by the Red Cross, 60% percent of all home fire fatalities occur in homes that don’t have a functional smoke alarm.

James Jarvis, American Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist, says everyone was grouped into teams in order to get to hundreds of homes.

“One to two people are going to be doing the installations. They are going to be testing the smoke alarms and installing new alarms if necessary. We have one person who is the fire educator who is going to be talking to the family about fire safety tips and the importance of having a fire escape plan. And because this is a grant program, we have somebody on each team who is a scribe,” said Jarvis. Albert and his team of four walked from house to house doing just that.

This event was part of a five year American Red Cross initiative to decrease fire fatalities by 25%.

A total of 172 fire alarms were installed into homes across the Carolina beach community on Saturday, at no cost to the homeowners. If you need your fire alarm replaced, call your local fire department.