DES MOINES, Iowa- Volunteers with the Red Cross spent Saturday morning in several neighborhoods near the Iowa State Fairgrounds, handing out and installing more than one thousand new smoke detectors. The effort was part of an American Red Cross program called "Sound the Alarm." The effort has distributed more than one million smoke detectors to homes across the United States, with a goal of doing an additional 100-thousand within the next two weeks.
Red Cross Spokesman Mark Tauscheck tells WHO Radio News along with the the new smoke detectors, volunteers left residents with some stats, including the fact that an estimated 60-percent of fatal house fires happen in homes without a working smoke detector.
He also says since last July, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 450 house fires in Iowa.