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Region 8 Red Cross chapter installs smoke detectors in area homes

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Fire crews across Craighead County have battled 25 fires so far this year according to Jonesboro E-911 Dispatch.

While they can't prevent the fires from happening, another organization hopes to lower the number of fire-related deaths in the Natural State one smoke detector at a time.

"I think everyone thinks it's not going to happen to me and we have that mentality with many things and unfortunately, we're seeing deaths way too frequently," Pam Knapp-Carver told Region 8 News.

Knapp-Carver, the Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross said every day, an average of 7 people die due to fires in the U.S.

Statistically speaking, Arkansas has some of the highest numbers in the nation. Already this year Knapp-Carver said there have been 4 fire-related deaths in the Natural State.

"The Red Cross, over the next 5 years, has a goal of reducing that number by 25 percent," Knapp-Carver said.

That's why Red Cross volunteers spent the afternoon installing smoke detectors in homes across Region 8.

"If you lose your stuff...that is stuff," Knapp-Carver said. "It is a horrible loss but losing a life? You can't go back and buy that."

Since the campaign started in October, the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the Red Cross has given out 200 smoke alarms in Jonesboro and Paragould.

Thursday, volunteers installed them in 15 more homes in the area.

Knapp-Carver said over the course of the 5-year campaign, they plan to partner with multiple local fire departments to be able to install more smoke detectors.

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