On Saturday, Oct. 5, the American Red Cross and the Shawnee Fire Department along with a motivated group of volunteers hit the streets to kick off National Fire Prevention Week with a Sound the Alarm -Shawnee event. Sound the Alarm is part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign efforts.  Every day, seven people die in home fires, most victims in homes that lack smoke alarms. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives - that's why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

Canvass at-risk neighborhoods

Install free smoke alarms

Replace batteries in existing alarms

Provide fire prevention and safety education

On Saturday October 5th, we were able to surpass last year's install total by installing 107 smoke alarms in the community and providing information and education to many homes and individuals and possibly save lives in Shawnee.  

Special Thanks to the Red Cross Volunteers in the community, Shawnee Fire Chief Rodney Foster and the Shawnee Fire Department, along with Representatives from Shawnee Forward and the 2019-20 Leadership Shawnee Class, First National Bank and Trust, Community Renewal, Civil Air Patrol, City of Shawnee staff and numerous other volunteers 

For more information on Sound the Alarm: www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm

To join our volunteer ranks here in Shawnee: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer