Sound the Alarm event prepares families in case of a fire emergency

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Red Cross of Northwest Illinois and the Rockford Fire Department are making sure we are prepared and have the right tools in cases of emergencies.

The American Red Cross hosted its Sound the Alarm event that encourages the use of smoke alarms to help reduce the number of deaths caused by house fires. Volunteers went around several neighborhoods installing free smoke alarms to homes and helping families plan an escape in case of a fire.

"Part of our mission is to help people prevent and prepare for disasters. The most frequent disaster we respond to is single-family home fires. It's also our most deadly disaster that we respond to, so it's a natural partnership between fire departments, specifically the Rockford Fire Department, and the American Red Cross," said David Pattengale, the Interim Executive Director with the Red Cross Northwest Illinois Chapter.

Red Cross’s goal was to install around 100,000 smoke detectors in homes across the country. The Northwest Chapter hoped to install around 300 smoke alarms all around the Rockford area.