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Red Cross to Hold “Sound the Alarm” Event in Rockford To Help Reduce Home Fire Deaths, Injuries





Joy Squier | Chief Communications Officer

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Red Cross to Hold Sound the Alarm Event in Rockford

To Help Reduce Home Fire Deaths, Injuries


(ROCKFORD, IL) May 10, 2018 The American Red Cross will be holding a Sound the Alarm event in partnership with the Rockford Fire Department as part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.


WHAT:            The Red Cross of Northwest Illinois is holding a Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms and helping families create escape plans in the event a home fire.


WHERE:          Red Cross Chapter Office, 727 N. Church Street, Rockford


WHEN:            May 12, 2018, 8AM-5PM


WHO:              Teams made up of volunteers from the Red Cross and Rockford Fire Department


MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Rabenstine, 608-443-7376


The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, that’s why we launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.


Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100-high-risk communities. From April 28 through May 19, local Red Cross volunteers and partners will install free smoke alarms as part of 100,000 alarms installed across the country. These events are related to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which since 2014 has helped save lives through smoke alarm installations and home fire safety education in thousands of communities.


Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires. The Chicago and Northern Illinois Red Cross is proud to have several corporate organizations supporting the Sound the Alarm program including:  Grainger, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Gallagher, Assurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Bank of America and CNA. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.


About the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois:

The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois serves 700,000 people in 10 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. 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 us at or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossNWIL.