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Red Cross to Distribute and Install Free Smoke Alarms in Solano County

WHAT: National campaign to reduce fire deaths by installing free smoke alarms and creating home escape plans comes to Vallejo, Benicia, and Fairfield.

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m 

WHERE: Selected mobile home parks in Vallejo, Benicia, and Fairfield.

WHO: Volunteers from the American Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Solano County in addition to representatives from the City of Fairfield Fire Department, City of Vallejo Fire Department, City of Benicia Fire Department, Solano Association of REALTORS, and the Salvation Army.  Pre-registration is required.

WHY: Vallejo, Benicia, and Fairfield have been identified by the Red Cross as communities at risk of preventable fire deaths, and the Red Cross aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Solano County in addition to representatives from the City of Fairfield Fire Department, City of Vallejo Fire Department, City of Benicia Fire Department, the Salvation Army and the Solano Association of REALTORS will work in Vallejo, Benicia, and Fairfield on Saturday, October 24, 2015 to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them and help residents to create escape plans about what to do in case a fire breaks out in their home. Costco, Medic Ambulance, Minuteman Press, Panama Red Coffee Company and Walgreens will be providing materials or food to help support the event.

The American Red Cross launched a campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years. The goal of this event is to install 1,000 smoke alarms primarily for residents of mobile/manufactured homes in Vallejo, Benicia, and Fairfield.  The smoke alarms being installed are the ten-year, non-removable battery powered model as required by current building codes.    

In order to communicate about the program, volunteers from the Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Solano County will hold kick-off meetings in each of the three cities. Volunteers who are interested in participating in this event must pre-register through this link.

The kick-off meetings for the event are scheduled as follows:

Vallejo

October 5, 2015

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Vallejo Veterans Memorial Building

420 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Vallejo

 

Fairfield

October 6, 2015

7:30– 8:30 a.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center

586 E. Wigeon Way, Suisun City

 

Benicia

October 13, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Benicia Fire Department

150 Military West, Benicia

 

To RSVP to attend the kick-off meeting, email Elizabeth Blair at Elizabeth.Blair@redcross.org or Elizabeth Hoffman at ehoffman.rtsc@gmail.com.

“During the 4-year period ending in 2011, statistics revealed that 3 out 5 fire deaths occurred in homes without properly functioning smoke detectors,” said Chief Jim Lydon of the Benicia Fire Department. “Clearly your ability to be alerted to the occurrence of a fire in your home and the ability to avoid injury or death dramatically improves by the presence of functioning smoke detectors.” 

Fairfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jorge Merodio mentions that the majority of fire fatalities still occur in the home. Smoke detectors are the single most important safety device that can save one’s life. People that die in fires usually die from smoke, not burns.

"The City of Vallejo Fire Department is participating in a joint effort to make the community aware of the importance of smoke alarms in the home. Smoke alarms, when maintained and operational, are the number one reason that people survive fires in the home due to early warning regarding the presence of smoke,” states Vallejo Fire Department Fire Chief Jack McArthur.

Rose Hadaway, the President of the Solano Association of REALTORS, states,” The Solano Association of REALTORS looks forward to working with the Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Solano County on the upcoming Solano County Home Fire Safety event.  Our association has always been active in the communities helping home owners.  This event is just another way of giving back to our communities.” 

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States, and the vast majority of those responses are to house fires. 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.