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American Red Cross offers free smoke alarm installation

This year's Sound the Alarm campaign broke records with 256 people in the Quad Cities area signing up for free smoke alarm installation.

MOLINE, Ill. — UPDATE: (April 14): The Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois' free smoke alarm sign-up event on Wednesday, April 13 helped 256 people make installation appointments, Executive Director Trish Burnett said.

This year's event broke all previous records for the Red Cross branch's appointment telethons.

ORIGINAL (April 13): As part of its "Sound the Alarm" campaign, the American Red Cross plans to install 50,000 free smoke detectors across the U.S., according to the organization.

The Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois is hosting its own installation sign-up event Wednesday, April 13 where anyone interested in free smoke alarms can make an appointment for the Red Cross to come out to their home on Saturday, May 14.

Ver la versión español de "Sound the Alarm" aquí

Sign-ups will take place over the phone from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Those interested can call 309-743-2166 and chose option six from the voicemail menu to schedule their appointment.

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To learn how to make your home fire safer in the event of a fire, you can fill out this online form to request a virtual education session with a member of the Illinois Home Fire Safety Campaign team.

WATCH: East Moline Fire Chief Robert DeFrance talks about the importance of having a home fire escape plan:

WATCH: Red Cross volunteer Pat D'Alessandro talks about the lifesaving abilities of smoke alarms:

WATCH: Susana Aguilar from the Florciente Neighborhood Association stresses the importance of family safety plans:

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