Red Cross 'MegaBlitz' getting smoke detectors into Tri-State homes

Posted at 7:07 AM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 07:13:35-04

CINCINNATI -- Hundreds of Tri-Staters are traveling through Greater Cincinnati's neighborhoods Thursday to try and make homes a little safer.

As part of The Red Cross' MegaBlitz Campaign, some 600 volunteers are canvassing neighborhoods in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Thursday to find out where they should distribute smoke detectors. This is the event's second year.

On April 29, volunteers will return to install the smoke detectors free of charge.

Statistics cited by The Red Cross say seven people die every day in house fires.

Two months ago, Elijah Tooles and his wife, Tammie, died in a house fire. The World War II veteran's home had no smoke detectors, and the couple was sound asleep as the fire began to engulf the home.

Friday's canvassing event begins at Jack Casino. If you want to help, visit the Red Cross event's website.