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    Ankeny Fire Department and Red Cross Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms

    Post Date:02/19/2020 2:39 p.m.

    The City of Ankeny is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help make homes safer in Ankeny through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign – Sound the Alarm event. On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, the Ankeny Fire Department along with volunteers from the Red Cross, will visit every home in the Mel Ray Mobile Home Community, 2301 SW Oralabor Road, to install free smoke alarms and provide new batteries for homes with working smoke alarms.  Volunteers will also educate residents on home fire safety and develop fire escape plans.

    Fire Department staff and Red Cross volunteers will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday and work throughout the day. This fire safety program is part of a five year plan that focuses on high-risk areas in Ankeny. According to the Red Cross, home fires claim seven lives every day but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. The group plans to install 150 smoke alarms on Saturday.

    “Working smoke alarms and having an emergency plan can be the difference between survival and tragedy,” said Craig Fraser, Ankeny Fire Department. “We are excited to partner with the Red Cross to help create a safer community.”

    For additional information, contact Craig Fraser, Division Chief - Community Risk Reduction at or visit

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