The City of North Adams will partner with the Western MA chapter of the American Red Cross and the national Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to install smoke alarms in homes across the city.

On October 8, a North Adams firefighter and a Red Cross volunteer will visit pre-registered homes in North Adams to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. They will also educate homeowners on fire safety and personal preparedness, with the goal of reducing deaths and injuries caused by home fires.

NAFD Chief Stephen Meranti says, “This is a great opportunity for us to go out in the community and provide hands on fire safety with direct results.”

Mary Nathan, Disaster Program Manager for Western MA notes that “Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire and we have witnessed that tragedy several times in Western Massachusetts. Smoke alarms save lives.” They won't help if they don't work though, so officials recommend that smoke alarms over ten years old be replaced.

If you live in North Adams and want to participate in the program you need to call the North Adams Fire Department at 413-664-4923 by October 1 to register for an appointment. Registration is open to city residents only.There are no age or income restrictions.