A smoke detector can be a matter of life and death. That’s why the American Red Cross has partnered with the Aliquippa Fire Department to raise awareness of its new initiative, the Smoke Alarm and Fire Education (SAFE) program. The two have joined forces to distribute free smoke alarms and fire safety information Saturday.
According to the Red Cross, the organization assists about 175 local families in its West Central Pennsylvania Chapter area, which serves Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. By providing the public with working smoke detectors, the Red Cross and the fire department hope to help residents with fire prevention and safety.
Any resident who doesn’t have a working smoke alarm will be able to receive one.
According to Foringer, they will take orders for detectors and the fire department will be able to install them in homes at a later date.
Detectors can be ordered at the following locations: Aliquippa Fire Department, 581 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa, PA 15001; Uncommon Ground Café, 380 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa, PA 15001; Franklin Center, 524 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa, PA 15001; Aliquippa City Building, 581 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, PA 15001.
“(Having a smoke detector) makes a huge difference,” Foringer said. “It could be the difference between life and death for your family.”