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Red Cross & St. Cloud Partner For Home Fire Safety

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100s of free smoke alarms will be installed in April

ST. CLOUD, Minn., April 12, 2016 – The #GreatMNSmokeAlarmInstall is on! The American Red Cross Minnesota Region is designating April as the #GreatMNSmokeAlarmInstall, as they work with partners to install more than 2,000 smoke alarms across the region, including hundreds in St. Cloud on April 23.   

Nine Minnesotans have died in home fires since January 1, 2016, and if nothing changes data shows nine more could die by the end of June. Having a working smoke alarm reduces by nearly half one’s chances of dying in a home fire.  

“Home fires claim more lives in an average year than all major natural disasters combined,” says Linda Blackmore, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota. “Smoke alarms can save lives and to make our community safer." 

Last year, the Red Cross installed more than 1,000 alarms across Minnesota. This April, the Red Cross and its partners will install more than 2,000 alarms in just one month.  

Along with partners and community members, Red Cross volunteers will canvass targeted neighborhoods in St. Cloud on Sunday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 19, sharing information and scheduling installations. On Saturday, April 23, teams will install 10-year smoke alarms where needed, share vital home fire safety information, and teach residents what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Appointments typically take 20-30 minutes.   

To request a smoke alarm installation, community members can call (320) 251-7641 or visit getasmokealarm.org

Additional Volunteers Needed 
Volunteers are needed for canvassing on Sunday, April 17 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 19 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., as well as for installation teams on Saturday, April 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Shorter shift times are available. For more information and to sign up, call (320) 251-7641 or email amber.christie@redcross.org or visit http://bit.ly/savelivesmn.  

National American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign 
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The American Red Cross and thousands of Home Fire Campaign partners have helped save more than 80 lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014. For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visit redcross.org/mn/homefires.  

About the American Red Cross 
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; 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 humanitarian mission.  

The American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota serves more than 700,000 people in Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pipestone, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse and Wright counties. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Central Minnesota.  Follow us on Twitter: @MNRedCross.