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Red Cross and Longwood Fire Department to Install Smoke Alarms

The American Red Cross has partnered with Longwood Fire Department and community partners to provide residents with free smoke alarms and fire safety information on Saturday, February 27. This event is part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent within five years.

Between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. volunteers will go door to door promoting fire safety, helping residents make an emergency plan and installing free smoke alarms. Other organizations participating include Telemundo Orlando, City of Longwood, Public Allies, Rebuilding Together Orlando, Delta Sigma Phi at the University of Central Florida, Shia Ismaili Muslim Community, Sunshine Hmong Alliance Church and USF – College of Public Health. The event will cover an area of approximately 900 homes.

“The success of the Red Cross home fire campaign is enhanced by joining forces with local fire departments and community partners that are dedicated to coming together to save lives and strengthen communities,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO of the Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross responds to an average of 3.5 house fires in Central Florida every day. Because you only have about two minutes to safely exit your home in the event of a fire, the time we take to get families educated and prepared ahead of time will make a big difference and save lives.”

Registered volunteers will meet at Old Longwood Elementary, 840 Orange Ave., Longwood, Fla. at 8:30 a.m. After a brief orientation, volunteers will be divided into teams, receive their supplies and begin going door to door throughout the pre-designated areas.

In October 2014, the American Red Cross launched an unprecedented, nationwide effort, the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent within five years.

As of February 17, 69 people attributed their survival of a home fire to the Red Cross and partners in this nationwide effort. More than 264,000 smoke alarms have been installed in at-risk homes.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans. The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.