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Red Cross launches smoke alarm project

The American Red Cross has launched a nationwide effort to try to reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries caused by house fires by about 25 percent over the next five years by stressing that residents of all households check to ensure their smoke alarms are working property and get all residents to practice fire drills at home, Jay Bonafede, spokesman for its Western and Central New York regional office in Buffalo, said.

Bonafede said the Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign is working with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in all homes that need them. He said residents can get more information on smoke alarms or schedule an installation of a smoke alarm in their home by contacting Red Cross staffer Pearlie Mae Hargro at 878-2356 or at pearliemae.hargro@redcross.org.