Hundreds of Lexington residents now have smoke detectors due to the American Red Cross

Published: Apr. 28, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT
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"Sound the Alarm" is an initiative nationwide with the American Red Cross to help provide smoke detectors to those that don't have them.

This event extended to the Richmond and Lexington areas today where the Red Cross planned to install more than 1,000 new smoke detectors. In Lexington alone, more 200 volunteers showed up to help with the initiative. A few of those groups included the Transylvania University women's basketball team and Spectrum. Red Cross officials say these events can help save lives in the future.

"For every smoke alarm that's in your home you have a 50 percent chance of surviving a home fire and not having a fatality. So, our goal is to save lives. In Kentucky, we've saved over 44 lives just by having smoke alarms installed and we installed over 5000," explained Tawanda Owsley, with the American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter.

By 6 p.m. Saturday, about 875 smoke detectors had been installed and officials expect that number to rise before Saturday's event is over.