Cleveland life-saving effort adds 150,000th smoke alarm

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CLEVELAND — An effort by the city of Cleveland and the American Red Cross has installed 150,000 working smoke alarms in homes in the past 22 years.

The city’s division of fire and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross plans to install the 150,000th smoke detector provided through Operation Save-A-Life at a west side home on Friday.

The effort began in 1992 by Cleveland businessman Sam Miller when the city was seeing a rise in deaths due to home fires. As a result, Cleveland has seen a continual drop in fire fatalities, which officials say are at the lowest level in the past 100 years.

A Red Cross official called the effort “one of our proudest achievements.”

 

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