Sound the Alarm Against Home Fires Events Set Here for May 2nd and 12th

SALT LAKE CITY UT (April 24, 2018) – The American Red Cross is getting ready to Sound the Alarm against home fires. From April 28 to May 13, thousands of Red Cross volunteers and partners across the country will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in just 16 days in communities at high risk for fires.

Here in the Greater Salt Lake Area Red Cross volunteers will install free smoke alarms in South Salt Lake on May 2nd and then West Valley City on May 12th.  Volunteers are still needed but must preregister at www.soundthealarm.org/utah

“Smoke alarms save lives,” said Heidi Ruster CEO and Regional Executive for Utah and Nevada Region. Three out of every five home fire deaths in this country happen in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. We here in Utah are joining this national effort to help install 100,000 alarms in homes that need them most. Our goal for our local events is to install 1,000 smoke alarms while teaching families about home fire safety and preparedness” she added.

During Sound the Alarm events, Red Cross volunteers and partners will canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families create escape plans. These smoke alarm installation events are part of the multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in this country. The campaign is making a difference. As of March 31, 2018:

  • The Home Fire Campaign is credited with helping to save 416 lives.
  • Red Cross volunteers and 4,400 campaign partners have installed more than 1.2 million smoke alarms.
  • 1.3 million people have been served through visits to more than a half-million homes.
  • More than a million children have been reached through specially targeted programs.

Jimi and Stevie know the importance of having smoke alarms and a fire escape plan in place. They experienced a home fire where they lost their home, but luckily their whole family – including their two dogs – got out safe due to a visit from the Red Cross just one year before. “[The Red Cross] installed the smoke alarms for us, and talked about the fire prevention, and also the fire escape plan, which was the major issue that saved our lives and got us out of the house in time,” said Jimi. Watch Jimi and Stevie’s life-changing story.

Join the Red Cross to help families like Jimi and Stevie’s and fight against home fires today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution at redcross.org, or taking two easy steps to help save lives – practicing fire drills at home and checking your smoke alarms every month. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. Learn more at soundthealarm.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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