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Red Cross volunteers install free smoke detectors across Freeport

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

House fires can be tragic for those who experience them. That's why the American Red Cross is doing its part to help prevent these incidents.

More than 30 volunteers are going door-to-door in Freeport this weekend.

They will be installing free smoke alarms in homes and educating residents about fire safety. 

The American Red Cross says its aim is to help save lives. 

Even if you do have smoke alarms, they say it's important to make sure they are working properly.

"We just had Daylight Savings Time here a couple weeks ago, and Daylight Savings Time in the fall and in the spring is a good time to change your batteries," said Mike O'Brien, a volunteer with the Red Cross of Northern Illinois. "And everybody should be checking their smoke alarms at least once a month."

The Red Cross says it will install more than 5,500 smoke alarms across Northern Illinois in the coming months.

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