The American Red Cross is helping sound the alarm all over northern Illinois.
Sound the Alarm is a campaign to help reduce the number or people that die or are injured in house fires by installing free smoke alarms in homes.
Their goal in northern Illinois is to put over 2,000 free smoke alarms in homes this month.
Volunteers are also helping residents make safety plans in case of a fire to make sure everyone in the home gets out safely.
Isis Chaverri, Regional Marketing and Communications Manager of American Red Cross, says both are a necessity in keeping loved ones safe in an emergency.
“Everyday seven people die in home fires,” Chaverri said. “We also know that having working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan reduces the death in fires about 50%, so that’s why it’s so important.”
After Saturday’s event, the American Red Cross installed 237 smoke alarms and made 88 homes safer in Rockford.