The American Red Cross of Maine and the Waldoboro Fire Department are teaming up to install free smoke alarms in residents’ homes and help people prepare for home fires.

The Red Cross, the Fire Department and community volunteers will perform the installations July 22.

Waldoboro residents can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192, extension 113, or going online to People interested in volunteering for the event can also use that phone number and website.

“People may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late,” said Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death by half, and an escape plan further improves the odds. We urge members of our community to take advantage of this opportunity, check alarms monthly and practice fire drills so everyone can escape in time..”

The event is part of a national campaign launched by the Red Cross to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by a quarter by 2020.