Volunteers install free smoke alarms in Hartford homes for day of service


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The American Red Cross is honoring September 11th with a day of service. Volunteers are installing smoke detectors in homes that don’t have them, and for some it’s very personal.

150 volunteers met at the Yard Goats stadium to kick off a day of service on one of the darkest days in our country’s history.

“9/11 impacts everybody in different ways,” said Peter Prowe.

Peter Prowe still feels the impact from 18 years ago. He worked for a company in Norwalk.

Three of his co-workers were among the thousands of people who died in New York City.

“That day in tower one I believe there was a meeting with a client. We had our cohorts, our colleagues there, and they never made it out,” said Prowe.

Now, a chance to do something good. Installing 500 smoke detectors for free in some 200 homes throughout the capital city. All part of a program called Sound The Alarm.

“About 7 people die everyday in home fire and about 50% have no smoke alarm and it’s shocking for us that so many homes don’t have working smoke alarms,” said Mario Bruno, American Red Cross.

During these installs, a detector is put on every floor. Some of the homeowners can’t afford to do that themselves.

“Others may have purchased them and they are sitting in a drawer somewhere. They didn’t know how to install them or a professional could do it for them,” said Mario Bruno, American Red Cross.

The day is meaningful for everyone involved.

“It’s hard to come up with something that means a lot for people. For us, the Red Cross, we are a humanitarian outfit. We love giving back to the community,” said Bruno.

To sign up for a free smoke alarm installation, click here.


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