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The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Installs Free Smoke Alarms

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Seven times a day, someone in our country dies in a home fire

The Red Cross Santa Barbara Chapter, in cooperation with the Santa Maria Fire Department, is installing free smoke alarms in Santa Maria homes on January 17, 2015. The event is part of the new Home Fire Preparedness Campaign that aims to reduce injuries and deaths caused by home fires.

Volunteers will canvass homes and install smoke alarms in the 93458 and 93454 zip codes. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and begins at the Santa Maria Fire Station, 314 West Cook Street. Interested volunteers can sign up with Katherine Fair, or (805)706-0402.

“Seven times a day, someone in our country dies in a home fire,” said Regional CEO Jim McGee, “So by installing these smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information, we’re helping to save lives and empower Santa Maria families to make the right decisions during emergencies.”

The January 17 date was chosen to celebrate the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service which officially takes place on the following Monday.

The American Red Cross launched the national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign last fall to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with higher numbers of home fires and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – and the vast majority of those are home fires.

The Red Cross Santa Barbara Chapter is able to install smoke alarms and save lives thanks to the generosity of the community. To learn more about how you can contribute to the local Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, visit


About the American Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit