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Red Cross installing smoke alarms for 'Sound the Alarm' campaign

The Red Cross is sounding the alarm in Indiana right now. Over the next two weeks, volunteers will install more than 100,000 smoke alarms.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Red Cross is sounding the alarm in Indiana right now.

Over the next two weeks, volunteers will install more than 100,000 smoke alarms.

Not having working smoke detectors is one of the biggest fire dangers in the Hoosier State.

Volunteers will be in neighborhoods across Indianapolis all week. On Sunday, they started in the Avondale Meadows area.

"This is not a smoke alarm handout program. We knock on the door and when we're in the home, we're gonna do two things," explained Chad Priest, CEO of Red Cross Indiana. "We will give you three free smoke alarms and then drill them into the wall. We don't leave them for you to do, we have guys with drills and ladders and they're gonna go in there and do it and we will give you an education kit. We're gonna sit with you to make a fire escape plan."

It's important to remember to check and change your smoke alarm batteries every year. Also, replace old alarms after 10 years to ensure they'll work when you need them.