Red Cross, Clearfield Borough Fire Department to “Sound the Alarm”

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield-DuBois Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking to “Sound The Alarm” in Clearfield Borough.

At Thursday’s work session, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Worley said the Red Cross will be working with the fire department for the “Sound The Alarm” campaign.

Worley said members of the fire department will be gathering at the fire hall the evening of April 27 to prepare for the campaign.

They plan to have breakfast with members of the Red Cross and will then go out into the community.

According to its Web site, the “Sound The Alarm” campaign will run from April 28-May 13. The program was started in 2014 as part of the “Home Fire” campaign and it is designed to improve the odds of surviving a house fire.

According to the Web site, seven people die in home fires every day. Most of the fatalities occur in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Many of these victims are children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives.

The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives, stating “that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.”

During the “Sound The Alarm” campaign, volunteers will canvass at-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and provide fire prevention and safety information to residents.

According to the Web site, more than 1 million smoke alarms have been installed.

At the work session, Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said about 125 volunteers are needed for the program.

She said along with the Red Cross and fire department, several local businesses have offered to help, but more volunteers are needed.

Stott said anyone wishing to volunteer or who would like the volunteers to come to their homes can contact the Red Cross at 814-371-2750.

Residents are also reminded to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and CO alarms.

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