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It’s been proven over and over again that smoke alarms save lives during fires.

For those in one particular neighborhood of Baldwin County without the life-saving devices in their homes, there is a simple fix.

And it only takes a phone call to make an appointment to have new smoke alarms installed free of charge.

The smoke alarms will be available to residents living in the Hardwick neighborhood of Milledgeville, according to Baldwin County Emergency Management Director Wayne Johnson.

“We will be installing these free smoke alarms in the Hardwick area on Jan. 25,” Johnson said.

Anyone living in that area in need of a new smoke alarm should call Baldwin County Fire Rescue to make an appointment so the alarms can be installed, Johnson said.

Appointments are available by calling 478-445-4780.

The smoke alarms are being made available through the Sound The Alarm, Save a Life program, an initiative of the American Red Cross.

The Dublin Chapter of the American Red Cross is involved in the project locally.

“When they called me about it and asked if they could do this, and I said if we do this for you guys on Jan. 25, will you agree to supply us with smoke alarms for the rest of the year,” Johnson said. “I told them that we would continue to install them at no charge. And they said, absolutely.”

Red Cross officials will supply the county with more smoke alarms than originally planned, Johnson said, and he aims to branch out to other neighborhoods as the year progresses.

“The last time something like this was done, it was done in the Harrisburg area,” Johnson said.

Volunteers also are needed to help install the alarms. Anyone interested in serving as a community volunteer also is encouraged to call 478-445-4780.

Johnson said volunteers will likely work with Baldwin County Fire Rescue firefighters in installing the new alarms.

“The Red Cross would like to have at least two smoke alarms installed into homes,” Johnson said. “This isn’t costing the homeowner, the taxpayers or the county any money whatsoever. It’s all being done through the Red Cross.”

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