On May 16, the Baltimore County Fire Department will distribute and install free smoke alarms as part of an initiative sponsored by the Greater Chesapeake Region Chapter of the American Red Cross.

At least 35 Red Cross volunteers will form teams to visit the Sandy Plains area in Dundalk – Kavanagh Road, Lynch Road and surrounding streets. Each team will include a firefighter from the Baltimore County Fire Department, who will install the smoke alarms.

The smoke alarms and valuable safety information will be distributed to individuals and families in need. There is no limit on the number of smoke detectors these households may request.

The volunteers and firefighters will begin at 9 a.m. and work until noon.

Smoke alarms are the single most important fire prevention step you can take. In many fires, you have as little as two minutes to escape before smoke and heat make escape impossible.