Red Cross continues installing smoke detectors

CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - An effort by the American Red Cross to equip residences with working smoke detectors is continuing in Clarke County.

Staff has been working to install the alarms this week, but got behind because of being short-staffed. Some workers went to Florida and Georgia to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

The Red Cross says people who have already signed up to receive a smoke detector will get one even though the installation has been delayed a couple of days.

Residents who would like to register to receive an alarm during a future distribution by the American Red Cross may make the request by calling 601-582-8152.

House fires are the number one disaster for which the American Red Cross responds. The agency says it's trying to reduce the number of deaths due to house fires. Clarke County ranks high among counties in the state for fire-related deaths.