Hundreds of smoke alarms installed during the company’s fourth annual effort
Madison Miller was wearing big rubber gloves – pink, her favorite color – as she helped her mommy clean the house, when she heard a knock on the door. Outside, four workers from Lincoln Electric asked if they could come in and help make her Euclid home safer. They were volunteering with the American Red Cross on Saturday, August 4th, as part of a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.
Madison’s mother, LaceJavone Hill was happy to receive the volunteers, who installed a free smoke alarm on each floor of her home. The volunteers also told Madison and her mom how to create an escape plan.
“What you’re really doing is providing an opportunity to save someone’s life,” said Chris Mapes, Chairman, President and CEO of Lincoln Electric, as he rallied the troops before they fanned out across the community. “You probably didn’t think you’d be spending your Saturday afternoon saving lives. But that’s what this is all about.”
It was the fourth year in a row that Lincoln Electric employees and interns volunteered to install smoke alarms and provide fire safety information to residents in the community the company calls home. This year, nearly 70 interns and employees volunteered for the Sound the Alarm event.
“The first year there were 30. The next, 40. Last year there were 50 Lincoln Electric volunteers. Today, 68 of you are here,” said Mike Parks, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio. “Over the last four years, we’ll have installed well over 1,250 alarms in the city of Euclid, making close to 450 homes safer. You are not only saving lives, you are making this community become more resilient.”
Before the smoke alarm installations took place, the volunteers gathered in the cafeteria at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School on Lakeshore Boulevard, where they were fed pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken, barbecued in the parking lot by Euclid Fire Chief Chris Haddock, who expressed his appreciation for the work that was about to take place.
“As the fire department, on a daily basis throughout the year we install smoke alarms,” said the chief. “But you guys will do more today than we will do all year long. So you’re really making a difference.”
By the end of the event, 373 smoke alarms had been installed, making 141 homes safer —including young Madison’s home. And while the alarms should be tested every month, they are designed to last 10 years without a battery change.
Residents throughout Northeast Ohio can request smoke alarms by visiting soundthealarm.org/neo. And those interested in helping make homes safer, like the Lincoln Electric employees did last Saturday, can apply to become a Red Cross volunteer by visiting redcross.org/neo, and clicking the volunteer tab.
See our photo album of the Lincoln Electric Sound the Alarm event on Flicker. The pre-event “pep rally,” featuring the comments of Chris Mapes, Mike Parks, Chief Haddock, Euclid Mayor Kirsten Gail, and Red Cross Regional Disaster Program Officer Tim O’Toole were streamed live on our Facebook page, where it may still be viewed .