Red Cross installs more than 2,000 smoke alarms in central, southern Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD - The American Red Cross says more than 2,000 free smoke alarms have been installed in central and southern Illinois this year as part of the Home Fire Campaign.

Red Cross officials say these installations are part of a nationwide effort, which has brought smoke alarms to more than 250,000 homes and saved at least 77 lives since its inception in October 2014.  American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Regional CEO Betsy Pratt says free smoke alarms helped save the lives of five people in Quincy, and two people in Decatur.

Red Cross officials are reminding central Illinois residents to test their smoke alarms on March 13, in addition to turning their clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time.  Officials also say the alarms should be installed on every level of your home, and that the alarms should be tested every month.

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