The American Red Cross of the Central Valley and the Fresno Fire Department are mobilizing the power of volunteers to install free smoke alarms in Fresno homes to celebrate MLK National Day of Service. Volunteers will be installing smoke alarms on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting the day at the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County, 540 N. Augusta St., Fresno, CA 93701.
Volunteers are still needed for this event. Click here to sign up and learn more.
The event is part of the Home Fire Campaign, 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 Fresno Fire Department is proud to partner with the Red Cross on this lifesaving initiative,” said Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis, “It’s important for every family to have working smoke alarms throughout their home.”
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.
“Seven times a day, someone in our country dies in a home fire,” said Red Cross Executive Director Barry Falke, “So by installing these smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information, we’re helping to save lives and empower Valley families to make the right decisions during emergencies.”
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 2015, the Red Cross has responded to help over 430 families facing disaster in the Central Valley.
The local Red Cross is able to provide free smoke alarm installations, critical preparedness education, and disaster relief to Central Valley families thanks to the generosity of the community. Click here to learn more about how to participate with or donate to the Home Fire Campaign.
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.