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Manchester residents receive free smoke detectors

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Free smoke alarms were handed out to Manchester residents on Tuesday.

The American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter, the Manchester Fire Department 8th District and Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS partnered to offer the detectors and installations.

The Red Cross said it’s part of its home preparedness campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fires.

Homeowners scheduled visits through the Red Cross website here or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request the installation.

Red Cross volunteers, along with fire and rescue officials, started visiting homes at 9 a.m. and did so until 4 p.m.

The teams making visits shared fire safety and preparedness information along with the smoke detector installations.

"We are excited to offer these visits," said Rebecca Johnson, senior director of emergency services with the Connecticut Chapter. "They are easy to schedule, take only about 20 minutes and might prevent a tragedy."

Johnson said she hoped the presence of working alarms cut the amount of deaths in half.

"Smoke alarms save lives and we know that they add valuable escape time when they are installed and working properly," she said.

Johnson also said that early detection of fire and an escape plan are vital to safely surviving a house fire.

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