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Dirksen: Volunteers and officials to 'Sound the alarm' about home fire safety

Excitement is growing as the American Red Cross gears up to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 major cities across the country from April 28 to May 13. Locally, hundreds of free smoke alarms will be installed in homes across Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Casselton.

Volunteers, fire departments and community partners will join the Red Cross on April 28 for the "Sound the Alarm. Save a Life." event. Teams will go door-to-door offering to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families develop home fire escape plans.

A special thank you to the fire departments in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Casselton, and to premier event sponsors Border States Electric and Sanford Health, and supporting event sponsors Gate City Bank, Goldmark Property Management and Nodak Insurance Company. With your help, we can "Sound the Alarm" about home fire safety on April 28 to help save lives.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was launched to help save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires. Across the country, the campaign is making a difference; at least 381 lives have been saved since 2014.

In the Dakotas Region, the Red Cross has installed 12,300 free smoke alarms, replaced more than 1,000 dead batteries and helped families create over 3,400 home fire escape plans since the campaign began.

Nationwide, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,400 partner organizations have installed more than 1.1 million smoke alarms in 12,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. Visit to make a financial donation or learn how you can take steps to prepare your family in case of a home fire emergency.

Dirksen is the Fargo Fire Chief and an American Red Cross board member.