Red Cross installing 500 free smoke alarms in Mechanicsburg


The Red Cross is installing 500 free smoke alarms in Mechanicsburg Friday.

Volunteers are stopping by 200 homes in the borough.

This effort is part of the organization’s national Sound the Alarm initiative. 

In just a couple of weeks, volunteers, firefighters and community partners are working to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country.

“In Cumberland County last year, our local Red Cross team assisted 82 families, the majority of which were displaced by home fires, and I think people would be surprised to know that home fires are the number one disaster we respond to nationwide,” said Hope Roaten, the executive director of the Mid Central PA chapter of the American Red Cross. 

The Red Cross says having a working smoke alarm increases your chance of safely evacuating a home by 50%. The organization urges residents to replace their smoke alarms every ten years. 

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