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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Seven times a day someone dies in a house fire and many times that death can be prevented with a working smoke detector.

A raging house fire can happen at any given moment.

"It is very critical to get those smoke alarms in homes," said Pami Erickson with the American Red Cross. "We find that a majority of home fires that we have, there's been no working smoke alarm in them."

Michael White lives in the Wellington Heights neighborhood in Cedar Rapids. He lives in with six other people, including five children with no smoke alarms.

"I ain't got to worry about my kids or me in danger," said White after volunteers installed smoke detectors. "Like I said I have five kids at home and you never know who's cooking what and who's doing what. We [didn't] have any, so that was a perfect thing."

More than 300 volunteers with the American Red Cross and several area organizations canvassed neighborhoods in Wellington Heights, going door-to-door installing free smoke detectors.

"A special impact that kind of effects you personally and the people that you help," said Calen Campbell, an AmeriCorps volunteer.

The state Fire Marshall deemed Wellington Heights a "high risk" area for house fires.

The project is part of a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to house fires by installing up to 4,000 smoke alarms in one day.

"I liked the idea of putting smoke alarms, because we didn't have any in the house," said John Callahan.

Callahan had no smoke alarms in his home, so volunteers installed six of them.

Volunteers also talked with people about disaster preparedness and the proper ways to respond it a disaster strikes.

"They say you've got two minutes to get out of your home once a fire starts," said Erickson.

Saturday's project is the second largest in Iowa for the Red Cross.

Their goal is to reach about 2,500 homes all in the Wellington Heights area.

Erickson says residents shouldn't wait for people to install smoke alarms in their home.

She says it's really easy and there should be one placed on every level of your home and in every bedroom.

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