PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is gearing up for a special home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event this Valentine’s Day weekend.

From Friday through Sunday, teams of volunteers are set to visit dozens of homes in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties to "Share the Love of Safety."

The group has scheduled appointments to visit more than 70 homes across the five counties this weekend, with a goal of installing more than 200 free smoke alarms through the effort.

Besides the free smoke alarms, volunteers also hope to educate families across the North Country about fire safety. Homes fires claim seven lives every day in the U.S. – most often in homes without working smoke alarms. In addition to installing alarms for those in need, Red Cross volunteers will discuss the importance of practicing a fire escape plan and taking precautions to prevent home fires.

“Our volunteers are excited to share the love this Valentine’s Day by bringing valuable resources and safety education to families across the North Country,” said Cortney Shatraw, disaster program manager for the American Red Cross. “Knowing that our efforts could be saving lives in our community is truly a heartwarming feeling, and that's what this weekend is all about."

Volunteers will hit the streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Teams will visit homes in Clinton County on Friday and Franklin County on Saturday. To join the effort as a volunteer, please call 315-782-4410 for more information.

To learn more about the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and the fire safety resources available from your local Red Cross, visit


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