The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio and partners are visiting local homes to help install free smoke alarms over the next several weeks as part of the national Sound the Alarm initiative.

The program is taking place in 100 cities with a high risk of home fires. The Red Cross noted that it responds to an average of three home fires every 24 hours.

“Each day, Red Cross volunteers care for neighbors devastated by home fires, and we want to prevent needless tragedies from these disasters,” Mike Parks, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Northeast Ohio, said in a prepared statement. “You can help make homes safer by volunteering and raising donations for lifesaving services."

The Sound the Alarm installation events will take place in several Akron-area communities:

• Akron: 9 a.m. to noon May 7 and May 9

• Massillon: 2 to 5 p.m. May 3

• Medina: 9 a.m. to noon May 4

• Ravenna: 9 a.m. to noon April 27

During Sound the Alarm events, Red Cross volunteers and members of local partners will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. The services are free.

For more details or to volunteer to help, go to: SoundTheAlarm.org/NEO.