Free smoke alarm installations available for Carthage area residents in need courtesy Red Cross, Carthage FD

Register at for a home fire safety visit on April 20 from Red Cross and Carthage Fire Department


CARTHAGE, Mo. — The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri, along with the Carthage Fire Department are offering free smoke alarm installations for Carthage, MO residents in need during a home fire safety event on April 20.

“A working smoke alarm can be the difference between survival and tragedy when a home fire strikes,” said Stacy Burks, Southern Missouri Chapter executive director. “That’s why the Red Cross is teaming up with the Carthage Fire Department to help ensure Carthage residents, especially those most vulnerable, have these lifesaving devices.”

Residents who need assistance can register at for a 20-minute home fire safety visit between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 20. Volunteers and firefighters will also share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Those who want to give back in Carthage can sign up at SOMO- Canvassing and Smoke Alarm Installation Registration to volunteer during the April 20 event. No prior experience is needed — training will be provided for installing smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information.

Can’t join the event? You can also help by donating to the Red Cross at to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.