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Red Cross installs free smoke detectors in Grayson County

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A Red Cross volunteer installs a smoke detector A Red Cross volunteer installs a smoke detector

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- The American Red Cross has partnered with local fire departments to deliver and install free smoke detectors inside the homes of Grayson County residents. 

Sound The Alarm. Save A Life. That's the theme of an ongoing campaign by the American Red Cross to reduce the number of deaths from house fires. 

"This is a significant investment that we're making into this community," said American Red Cross Executive Director Doug Crowson. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are more than 400 fire-related deaths every year in Oklahoma and Texas.  Firefighters say about 70 percent of the deaths are due to either not having a working smoke detector or not having one at all. 

"People think that a fire-related death is caused by the fire itself," said Sherman Fire Capt. Bart Bowman. "It's caused by the smoke, and it doesn't take very long before smoke can cause somebody to go down in a fire." 

That's why Red Cross volunteer Cheyenne Crowson says she's helping the organization to install smoke alarms in her community. 

"There's other people out there who don't know how detrimental they can be," she said. "They can impact lives and kill people and it's important to share that information with others who really aren't educated on that." 

In total, the American Red Cross was able to install about 300 smoke detectors on Saturday.  

Crowson said they wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of volunteers. 

"The Red Cross makes a difference," he said. "We would love to have you as part of our organization." 

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