American Red Cross of Greater Idaho installing smoke alarms across Nampa

Posted at 3:49 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:49:18-04

NAMPA — Changing that pesky battery might be annoying, but that's the sound you'd want to hear if it ever beeped for the real thing.

"People have about 2 minutes to exit a home when it's on fire, and a home can actually completely be consumed by fire in 5 minutes," said public affairs representative for American Red Cross of Greater Idaho Barbara Weber.

Volunteers are installing 600 fire alarms in homes around Nampa, specifically helping those who might not be able to install them by themselves.

"Five mobile home parks over the course of the next two days; there is a large Hispanic population and also a large elderly population," said Weber.

One resident has seen the city of Nampa grow and change, including her fire alarms.

"I've lived, moved to Nampa in 1967," said homeowner Marge Colosky.

Her neighbors are going to new heights to help her out.

"If there is a fire there are fresh fire alarms to help them out," said volunteer Diamond Tschida.

Some of the volunteers know first-hand how life-saving these devices can be.

When I was a teenager my house actually burned down, and I know the importance of getting out safely," said Weber.

The volunteers will continue installing smoke alarms through April 27 to keep more people safe and sound.