Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign hopes to impact the Panhandle

Sound the Alarm, Save a Life campaign hopes to impact the Panhandle
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - 'Sound the Alarm, Save a Life' is hitting 100 cities across the country, including Amarillo and Canyon, with a mission to raise fire safety awareness in hopes to reduce injuries and deaths caused by home fires.

According to the Red Cross, seven people die from house fires daily.

This campaign hopes to change that.

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"We were in one of the zip code locations for high fire danger," said Kiley Murray, Executive Director for the American Red Cross in the Panhandle.  "There's three cities in Texas that have been selected as part of that national campaign. As a chapter and a volunteer staff here for the Texas Panhandle, we're just honored that we're part of that."

The Panhandle chapter decided they didn't want to simply install alarms.

Their mission is to impact lives and to do so, they've partnered with three high schools - Canyon, River Road and Palo Duro.

"We're sitting around talking and honestly praying," said Murray. "All of a sudden, it just hit us and we said 'Hey, lets partner with the National Honor Societies at these high schools."

Students have assembled their teams and canvassed the area for interested residents.

"We've done the training, getting team names and getting geared up along with everything else they do," said Murray. "Our goal is to get 1000 smoke alarms through these three high schools."

At River Road, about twenty students are involved.

One of the residents who will be getting a smoke alarm? Their teacher.

"I'm getting one in my own home because we haven't had a fire alarm," said Shannon Brittain, the National Honor Society Sponsor at River Road High School. "You walk into Lowe's, you don't think about getting smoke detectors. Then you see that fire when you look outside and go, 'Oh my gosh,' You don't want to sleep at night because you're afraid there might be a fire."

Students and faculty hope this event won't just educate on fire safety - but hold a deeper message.

"Start learning what opportunities there are for them to give back to their community," said Brittain.

There's still time for you to reach out to Red Cross to have a smoke alarm installed this weekend through their Facebook or (806) 376-6309.

They hope to install a smoke alarm for every single person in the area who needs one.

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