By Paul Schmitt
Over 130 homes in Door County had potentially life-saving smoke alarms installed on Saturday. The “Sound the Alarm, save a life” campaign, sponsored by the American Red Cross, had over 30 volunteers canvas neighborhoods installing new smoke alarms free and sharing important home fire safety tips. Disaster Program Manager Bob Mayer says the new alarms installed have saved over 300 lives nationally and are better than the traditional ones.
Mayer says anyone that did not take advantage of the Saturday’s free installation event, can either contact any Door County fire department or register online at getasmokealarm.org. In home fires where the smoke alarms failed, 47 percent had a missing or disconnected battery and additional 24 percent had a dead or discharged battery.