To honor Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the El Paso and Southern New Mexico Chapters of the Red Cross along with the El Paso Fire Department were out installing fire alarms in East El Paso as part of their day of service.
Volunteers who came out to help say that installing a smoke alarm can take less than two minutes and help save lives. They say that one of the first questions asked after a catastrophic shower is whether or not they had a working smoke alarm. Unfortunately, the answer is commonly ‘no.’
Many people don’t change batteries and don’t know that smoke alarm batters last about ten years or that they’re older smoke alarms that just aren’t working properly.
Houses that had smoke alarms installed when they were built are nearing their ten year expiration date where they no longer work so the Red Cross helps by installing free alarms that they provide.
Volunteers say that they have about 200 smoke alarms on and and 600 have already been installed at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.