Free local effort to keep central Illinois homes safe against fires

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Here in central and southern Illinois, the effort “sound the alarm” has already installed nearly 12,000 smoke alarms, served more than 12,000 people and been credited with saving 17 lives so far this year. 

Saturday, they added to those numbers. 

The American Red Cross is “sounding the alarm” against home fires. 

Thousands of Red Cross volunteers and partners across the country will install 100,000 free alarms in just 16 days. 

“We have busy lives,” says Lyn Hruska. “There’s a lot of competition for our time and our thoughts. So, it really is a call to action and a reminder, and a simple way to assure our families are more safe.”

Here in the River City, the Red Cross, local fire departments and community volunteers worked together to install free smoke alarms in Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin and the surrounding area. 

The goal Saturday was to install more than 1,500 free alarms. 

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