Red Cross installs over 900 smoke alarms

Published May 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

Over the course of less than three weeks, volunteers and partners with the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross visited hundreds of homes in Utica, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mohawk and West Winfield, and installed a total of 905 free smoke alarms for local residents as part of the national Sound the Alarm. Save a Life initiative.

“It was incredible to see so many people come together to Sound the Alarm in the Mohawk Valley,” said Mallory Brown, executive director for the American Red Cross, Mohawk Valley Chapter. “In addition to making hundreds of families safer, we were able to welcome new volunteers and partners to the Red Cross through this campaign. We are grateful to everyone who supported us and helped make Sound the Alarm such a success. It was a true community effort.”

Throughout the campaign, the Red Cross was joined by Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri; Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101, New Hartford; partners from the Utica Fire Department, Herkimer Fire Department, Little Falls Fire Department, Village of Mohawk, Mohawk Fire Department, and West Winfield Fire Department; and volunteers from numerous community groups and corporate partners. Local sponsors included CSEA, Dominion Energy, First Source Federal Credit Union, GPO Federal Credit Union, MVP Health Care, National Grid, NYCM Insurance, Spectrum, State Farm and Stewart’s Shops. 

The Red Cross will continue to offer free smoke alarms across the Mohawk Valley on a rolling basis.

Volunteer teams have already begun to respond to requests from local residents following the signature Sound the Alarm. Save a Life events.

People can support this ongoing effort by volunteering, making a financial donation, testing their smoke alarms regularly, practicing their fire escape plans, and spreading the word about fire safety, the Red Cross added.

To learn more, or to request free smoke alarms from the Red Cross, visit