Volunteers with the American Red Cross went door to door Wednesday in conjunction with the United Way Day of Caring.
They were knocking on doors to ask people if they could install smoke alarms in homes in Wheeling, Bellaire, and Martins Ferry as a part of their home fire campaign.
Many people opened their doors and allowed the volunteers to come in and add this lifesaving equipment and give preparedness tips for families in the event of an emergency.
Wheeling resident John Sengewalt already had a few smoke alarms in his home, but was happy to let the volunteers in.
“Well I think everybody ought to have more, really. It makes the area safer. You wouldn’t wanna be caught in a fire,” Sengewalt said.
“We’ve had some fatalities and injuries in this area, we want to make sure those stop. And we hope that the smoke alarm installation is a very powerful tool in doing that, in making that stop,” said Sharon Kesselring of the American Red Cross.
Kesselring said the American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers for these types of campaigns.
If you’re interested in helping them out, call 304-232-0711.