The American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm this fall to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.

The Sound the Alarm event in Gulf County is part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held between Sept. 23 and Oct. 15, culminating in the Red Cross’ installation of the one-millionth free smoke alarm installed since 2014.

Locally, the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help save lives during the Gulf County smoke alarm installation event Saturday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET each day.

Over 50 homes in Gulf County have already had the Red Cross install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. If you would like the Red Cross to come to your home, call our main office (850) 763-6588.

“Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far, our Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 258 lives across the U.S.,” said Kelly Jo Bailey, Disaster Program Manager. “Please join us to Sound the Alarm here in Gulf County and help save lives. Be part of this lifesaving effort by registering to volunteer and making a financial donation. Visit to learn more today, or call 850.763.6587.”

Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

• Call 850.763.6587 or visit https:// to find events in your local community and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.

• Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.

Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

• Visit to help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires.

• Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.