ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Having a working smoke detector in your home is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself in a fire. And the Red Cross is making sure folks who may not be able to afford one get one installed.
It's a sound no homeowner wants to hear, but that ear-piercing beeping of the alarm is the earliest warning sign of a fire, and it can save your life.
"If you don't have a smoke detector to alert you then that smoke and poisonous gas is going to build up and that's actually what causes death or you to pass out, before the fire even reaches you," Inspector Laurence Cargill of the Albany Fire Department.
American Red Cross volunteers are doing their part to make sure folks in Albany are prepared.
On Monday, which is MLK Day, they'll take these supplies and go door to door, asking residents if they have a working smoke alarm.
"If they don't then we're going to help them install that smoke alarm and help them plan an escape plan for their family," said Nature Malone, Disaster Specialist.
The Red Cross has targeted certain areas known for fire related injuries and deaths.
"We're going to target two areas, 31701, which are those areas around Albany High, which is Tift, Residence and Society. And then we're also going to have teams over in 31707, which is Avalon, Gillespie, Whitney and Highland," said Malone.
They're hoping to combat a common problem that can be easily fixed.
"We notice that in a lot of cases either they have them, but they're not working, or they don't have them at all, or they don't have the amount that they should have," said Cargill.
And ultimately volunteers are hoping that this one day can raise awareness and save lives.
Volunteers are still needed to help distribute the alarms. The group is meeting at 9:00 Monday morning at the Red Cross center on Pine Avenue.