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Georgia Red Cross to Install 3,000 Smoke Alarms Oct.15th

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We're grateful for the support of so many volunteers and partners working together to save lives, said Terri Badour, CEO, American Red Cross of Georgia.

We're calling it #3Kin1DAYGA ... Join us!

Georgia's Red Cross aims to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms ever installed by our volunteers on a single day in Georgia, next Saturday, October 15th, the final day of National Fire Prevention Week. In partnership with 17 communities statewide, volunteers will be knocking on doors in neighborhoods that are vulnerable to home fires to install smoke alarms with 10-year batteries in homes that need them. We'll also share fire safety information and help residents develop home fire escape plans. This effort is part of our ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries by 25% over a five-year-period.

"This is our biggest push, ever, and we're in it together to do something about the largely preventable tragedy of home fire deaths in Georgia," said Terri Badour, CEO of Georgia's Red Cross.

In partnership with local fire departments, the smoke alarm installations will take place in the following counties: Brunswick, Berrien, Chatham, Cobb, Coffee, DeKalb, Dougherty, Hall, Bibb, Murray, Newton, Richmond, Troup and Walker. For more information on events scheduled in your area or to volunteer, contact your local Red Cross chapter or email stella.kim@redcross.org.

In addition, the Red Cross is asking all Georgia families to join us on October 15th by taking two simple steps to protect their families from home fires:

(1) Install smoke alarms if you don't have them OR test/replace the batteries in the alarms you do have to make sure they're working. (If your smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, replace it.)

(2) Practice your fire escape drill until everyone in your home can exit in under two minutes. (Please share your family's 2-minute fire drill experience with us on Facebook@atlantaredcross. Don't to forget to include #3Kin1DAYGA! )

Sadly, seven times each day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. When a fire starts, you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Georgia's Red Cross helps more people following home and apartment fires than any other Red Cross region in the country. Last year, our volunteers responded to 3,000 disasters - primarily home fires -- and provided emergency aid such as lodging, meals, new clothing, personal hygiene items, replacement prescriptions and eyeglasses for 5,200 families.

You can support our Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and help people affected by disasters like fires by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by going to redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.