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If Home Fire Strikes, You Have Two Minutes to Escape

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“People may have only two minutes to escape once fire hits," Joselito Garcia-Ruiz

“People may have only two minutes to escape once fire hits, so they need to plan an escape route well ahead of time to ensure everyone gets out safely,” said Joselito Garcia-Ruiz, Regional Disaster Program Officer, Red Cross Los Angeles Region. 

Garcia-Ruiz was one of more than 100 volunteers, including 60 Bell Gardens Police Dept. Explorers, who went door-to-door to review critical home fire safety information with residents. They also installed 273 smoke alarms, all free of charge. 

This L.A. Region Fire Prevention Campaign is part of a national American Red Cross effort launched in October 2014 to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Since then, volunteers have canvassed L.A. County neighborhoods with the highest fire incidents, including Pasadena, as well as the Echo Park, Valley Glenn and Vermont Harbor areas of Los Angeles. 

A second Bell Gardens home fire campaign is scheduled to take place on July 18.

Thank you to our partner agencies and their volunteers: Bell Gardens Police Dept. Explorers, Bell Police Dept. Explorers, LA County Dept. Explorers and Tzu Chi.

Photos by Roxanne Schorbach