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Red Cross to Install Smoke Alarms at Mobile Home Park in San Jose

San Jose, CA - The American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley will be canvassing the South Bay Mobile Home Park in San Jose’s Berryessa District as part of its Home Fire Preparedness (#firesafety) Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.

The Red Cross will be going through part of the mobile park on Saturday, March 7, 2015 starting with a volunteer briefing at 9:00 a.m. at the American Red Cross office in San Jose. Then at 11:00 a.m., at least seven teams of Red Cross volunteers will begin canvassing the mobile park to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be the San Jose Fire Department, Tzu Chi Foundation, and Vietnamese American Community of Northern CA (VAC-NorCal).

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with government and community partners from across our Region to install smoke alarms,” said Quinn Tran, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fires.”

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 Home Fire Preparedness (#firesafety) Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

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Simple Steps to Save Lives - The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

  • If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
  • If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Practice your plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
  • 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 Silicon Valley, the Red Cross responded to over 150 home fires last year, helping over 223 families. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    About the American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley

    The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.