National Service Day takes place throughout the country on Jan. 16, coinciding with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Joining forces with the American Red Cross, Cache Valley residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Smoke Alarm Installation Event in Logan from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that day, canvassing neighborhoods for homes that might be in need of smoke detectors.
The Red Cross is actively seeking volunteers to participate in this activity, hoping to install smoke detectors in as many as 100 homes. Targeted neighborhoods will be near Utah State University, where many older homes may not have been coded for wired smoke alarms and are missing these devices.
Mike Sauer, the Red Cross’ disaster action team leader for Cache, Rich and parts of Box Elder counties, wants the public to know how important it is to support smoke alarm installation efforts.
“Everyone knows that police officers, firefighters and medical professionals save lives,” he said. “What I hope people who help us with this project will realize is that sooner or later, one of the smoke detectors we install will also save a life.”
With a house fire erupting every eight minutes in the United States, Sauer is concerned about homes in Cache Valley that are not equipped with smoke alarms.
“Seven times a day,” he said, “someone in this country loses their life in a fire. Smoke detectors really make a difference in preventing this from happening.”
Volunteers who are able to serve with the Red Cross next Monday should meet in the Logan City Hall Conference Room, located at 290 N. 100 W., at 9:15 a.m. and will receive instructions on how to install the alarms. They will also be given information to share with the community about how to prevent and respond to fires. Participants are encouraged to bring stepladders and cordless drills to assist with the smoke detector installation process.
The Red Cross is advertising the Smoke Alarm Installation Event as a “perfect service opportunity” both for individuals and for large groups. Registration to participate in the project is available online at <a href=”http://www.volunteersignup.org/7CRTJ”>www.volunteersignup.org/7CRTJ</a>. For more information, contact Carli Edwards, project manager, at (801) 625-0859.