Last year, the American Red Cross responded to 632 local families who were victimes of single family fires and flooding.
Freeman Health System leaders want to help reduce those numbers, so they have partnered with the American Red Cross and the Joplin Fire Department to create safer homes.
Smoke detectors will be given and installed at no charge to those who don’t have one or have one that needs to be replaced.
American Red Cross’ Julie Stolting says, “Well if you don’t have a smoke detector and something happens you only have 2 minutes to get out of your home.”
Joplin Fire Chief Jim Furgerson says, “Smoke detectors save lives. That’s the whole reason why we do this. A smoke detector gives those early warnings for people to get out.”
Freeman Health System CEO Paula Baker says, “So, we want to really do our part along with the American Red Cross and the fire department to install smoke alarms in people’s homes. And these will be installed free of charge and volunteers will actually install them.”
If you need a smoke detector you can register at this link.