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Los Angeles Red Cross and LAFD Work Together to Save Lives

It’s an easy step for Angelenos to make sure their homes have working smoke alarms. They are a necessary tool to help survive a potentially deadly blaze.

The Los Angeles American Red Cross, along with the Los Angeles Fire Department and community partners, went door-to-door in Echo Park, one of the city’s highest fire incident vulnerable neighborhoods, to install more than 180 new smoke detectors in 75 homes, providing residents with critical home-fire prevention information. 

“Seven people die per day in a home fire in the United States and the rate is increasing. We are working with local fire departments to help reduce home fires and save lives”, said Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. In response to the alarming number of home fires in the United States, the American Red Cross has launched the nationwide Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths by 25 percent in the next five years. 

“We are recommending two easy steps to help protect their home and increase chances of surviving a fire: have working smoke alarms and create home fire escape plans” added Jarrett Barrios. As part of this campaign, the American Red Cross partnered with Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters and cadets, as well as community leaders, members of local CERT and Disaster Advisory Council to install free smoke alarms and fire-safety information. 

Peter Sanders, Public Information Director, Los Angeles Fire Department, said “Smoke alarms save lives. It’s an easy step for Angelenos to make sure their homes have working smoking alarms. They are a necessary tool to help survive a potentially deadly blaze”. 

Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.Working smoke alarms can double someone’s chance of surviving a fire. Since October of 2014, the American Red Cross has installed more than 50,000 smoke alarms, replaced more than 8,700 batteries and helped communities make more than 23,000 home fire escape plans nationwide.