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El Monte Helps Red Cross Install Record Number of Smoke Alarms

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"We reached more than 500 people in one day in El Monte." Jarrett Barrios, CEO

As part of a multi-year life-saving Home Fire Prevention Campaign, the American Red Cross mobilized more than 150 volunteers and local community partners on Oct. 10 to save lives in El Monte, CA.  

Volunteers went door-to-door in the city’s Mountain View section despite nearly 100-degree temperature, installing more than 260 free smoke alarms and making critical fire escape plans in more than a 100 homes.  

“Seven people die per day in a home fire in the United States. This is why we are working with local fire departments, school districts, and community organizations to reduce home fires. We are happy to report that we reached more than 500 people in one day in El Monte,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. 

The initiative is part of the American Red Cross response to the alarming number of home fires in the United States. The nationwide Home Fire Preparedness Campaign was launched in October 2014, and aims to reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths by 25 percent in the next five years.  

“We recommended two easy steps to help people protect their homes and increase chances of surviving a fire: Have working smoke alarms and create home fire escape plans” added Barrios. 

Thank you to our El Monte campaign partners including Southern California Edison. El Monte Police Officers Association, LA County Fire Department Explorers, CERT, AMR, Mountain View School District, El Monte/ South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, Parks & Recreation Department, City of El Monte, Tzu Chi, and AmeriCorps. 

To date, the Los Angeles Region of the American Red Cross and community partners have installed more than 1,200 free smoke alarms in the past year. Over 100,000 smoke alarms have been installed across the country and there have been 15 documented lives saved across the nation due to this important program.

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.  For more information about this program, contact