We've heard it too often in cases of a fatal fire.  "There was no working smoke detector at the home."  So how about we save some lives?  The Red Cross is teaming up with firefighters to install smoke detectors in hundreds of Boise homes, and they need volunteers.

If you're like me, installing anything with wires and screws doesn't exactly come naturally.  But we don't have to know what we're doing at this point.  They'll provide all the training on how to install a smoke detector -- and from what I hear it's not that hard.  And then we'll put our new skills to good use on April 27 and 28 at homes in West Boise that need them.

The Red Cross is teaming up with Boise Firefighters to install 1,000 smoke detectors at 500 homes in six mobile home parks in West Boise, and KTVB says they need 220 volunteers to make it happen.

The plan is to divide up into teams of three, and “One person will install the alarm, one person will help them with the equipment and another with sit down with the resident and go over what risk that house hold might have, help them find an evacuation route and a rally point for their family,” according to the Red Cross.  So there are many ways to help out beyond the wires and screws.

Oh, and don't forget to make sure the batteries are working in the smoke detectors in your own home too!  That's an easy one.

If you want to get involved in the Idaho Home Fire Campaign, go to the Red Cross website for the volunteer sign-up sheet.  They've saved more than 230 lives so far across the country by installing smoke detectors, and we can help save more right here in the Treasure Valley.

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