SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Every day, seven people in the United States are killed in house fires due to a lack of working smoke detectors. That’s the reason why several Siouxland organizations worked to change that on Saturday.
Sioux City Fire Rescue teamed up with the American Red Cross, and volunteers from across Siouxland, to host the fourth annual “Sound the Alarm” event. Volunteers walked door-to-door and installed smoke detectors in homes on the west side of Sioux City for free.
If the homes already had detectors, volunteers made sure they were in working order, while firemen inspected the homes for any likely risks. Fire officials say it’s a great way to ensure the public safety.
“This gives us an opportunity to go meet with them face to face and just say hey, we’re here, we’ll put those smoke alarms in for free and just help you stay safe inside your home,” Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said.
Over the past three years, “Sound the Alarm” organizers installed smoke alarms in over 700 homes. If you are in need of detectors in your home, Sioux City Fire can provide them to you through their SAFE Home program.