Red Cross of Rochester offers free smoke alarms

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — The American Red Cross of Greater Rochester announced the start of its annual campaign to offer free smoke alarms and provide home fire safety education.

Rochester’s Red Cross leaders, volunteers, and state assemblyman Demond Meeks gathered at the Red Cross Blood Donation Center to mark the start of the "Sound the Alarm" campaign. The campaign across western New York has helped to save 43 lives since its start in 2014.

The campaign includes a "Day of Action" on May 21, where Red Cross Volunteers will install free smoke alarms in homes. You can sign up to receive a smoke alarm on the website for the Red Cross of Western New York.

Western New York is among more than 50 regions participating in "Sound the Alarm". The Red Cross said home fires claim seven lives every day.