Red Cross installs smoke alarms on Martin Luther King day

The Red Cross is stepping up its effort to save lives this Martin Luther King Jr. day. 

"Our goal is to lower home fires deaths by 25 percent," said Marcus Cummings of the American Red Cross.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers with the American Red Cross were hitting the streets of Metro Detroit to install smoke alarms inside homes.

"Today is a day of service in honor of king  we are installing smoke alarms in homes," Cummings said. "You only have two minutes or less to get out of your home if there is a fire and you need this alarm to warn you."

These volunteers made a stop Monday afternoon to the home of Carol Knight and her daughter Zoe.

"I was excited because  I only had one smoke alarm in my house and I was eager to get one on each floor," Knight said.

Red Cross volunteers are known to respond with emergency aid after people have been victims of tragedies like fires.

But in honor of the man who inspired a nation to work toward democracy and equality for all.

Red Cross Volunteers say they want to inspire homeowners to embrace fire safety and that starts with up to date some detectors

"Fire alarms should be changed every 10 years," Cummings said. "We are replacing them with a 10-year lithium ion battery. No more nine volts. They just have to test them once a month."

This mother says she feels more confident already knowing that her home is now equipped with smoke detectors.

If you would like to learn more about receiving a free smoke alarm from the Red Cross go to and click on the home fire preparedness link.

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