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Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Sound the Alarm

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Several Eastern PA smoke alarm installation events part of nationwide effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 cities in just three weeks

JULY 18, 2017 The American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm this fall to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.

Locally, the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region is seeking one thousand volunteers to help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in early October. Events are planned for Wednesday, October 4 in North Philadelphia, on Saturday, October 7 in West Philadelphia and Hazleton and West Hazleton in Luzerne County, on Wednesday, October 11 in South Philadelphia and on Saturday, October 14 in North Philadelphia and Kingston, Luzerne County. More details can be found at

The Sound the Alarm events are part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held in early October, culminating in the Red Cross’ installation of the one-millionth free smoke alarm since its Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014.

“Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far our Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 258 lives across the U.S.,” said Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region. “Please join us to Sound the Alarm here in Northeast PA and help save lives. Be part of this lifesaving effort by registering to volunteer and making a financial donation.”

Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,200 partner organizations have installed 886,823 smoke alarms in 10,664 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people.

Here in Eastern Pennsylvania the Red Cross has installed more than 10,000 free smoke alarms in the past year. You can join the Red Cross by visiting to register for events near your local community and join neighbors to install free smoke alarms and help families create escape plans. Consider making this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.

If you can’t volunteer, consider making a donation. Visit to help families prepare, respond and recover from home fires. Your donation will help educate families on fire safety; install free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.

Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, make a financial contribution, or take steps to protect your own family from home fires. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives.