The Red Cross of Ventura County is mobilizing the power of volunteers to install free smoke alarms in Oxnard, California. Red Cross volunteers along with the Oxnard Fire Department and other partners will be installing smoke alarms on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. starting the day at the fire department base, 360 W. 2nd Street, Oxnard, Ca.
The event is part of the Home Fire Campaign which is a national effort to reduce home fire deaths by installing free smoke alarms through the country and educating families on the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan.
The Red Cross is still accepting volunteers to assist with Saturday’s event. Click here to learn more and sign up.
“Smoke detectors save lives and having a properly working detector in a home is the single best step a resident can take to help protect themselves in the event of a fire,” said Brad Kerman of the Oxnard Fire Department, “We are excited to work with the Red Cross to bring this service to families that need smoke detectors.”
“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 Oxnard families to make the right decisions during emergencies.”
The American Red Cross launched the national Home Fire 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. In Ventura County the Red Cross responds to home fire calls on a weekly basis.
The local Red Cross is also asking for financial support for home fire survivors through a new initiative called #GiveWhatFireTakes. The program promotes and raises awareness about the relief and the tangible items the Red Cross provides after a fire such as shelter, financial assistance, or basic necessities. Ventura County residents are encouraged to participate in the campaign through a financial donation and by joining the conversation online using the hashtag #GiveWhatFireTakes.
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 www.redcross.org.