Some area residents got a nice surprise from the American Red Cross Tuesday.
It’s something a lot of people might tend to overlook, but something that could potentially save lives.
Representatives of the American Red Cross, along with some local volunteers, went door to door Tuesday in the Moundsville area giving away and installing smoke detectors for anyone that needed one.
Jesse Hott, a Disaster Program Specialist for the Red Cross, said it is part of their home fire preparedness program and the goal is to reduce home fire fatalities by 25 percent.
He said he has been encouraged by the response.
“In Weirton we had success,” Hott said. “We installed 108 smoke detectors, which is 22 homes, almost 80 people we might save if there is a fire.”
Residents were happy to receive the detectors and to have them installed right on the spot.
“I live in an old house that is over 100 years old. I worry about all kinds of things in the house. Electricity, the dryer, the stove. Now I feel a little safer,” Moundsville resident Pam Wullenweber said.
Hott said anyone that needs to have a smoke detector installed should contact their local chapter of the American Red Cross.
“You should have one in every sleeping bedroom, on every floor, one outside of the sleeping rooms,” Hott said.
Hott said they are set to receive about 1,000 more detectors to distribute throughout the Northern Panhandle.