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Red Cross, Partners, Coming together Saturday to Install Smoke Alarms Throughout Crosstimbers/East Houston Neighborhoods

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Houston, TX, October 14, 2016 - The Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross and partners including the Rotary Club will be installing smoke alarms throughout Crosstimbers/East Houston neighborhoods this Saturday, October 15.  This effort is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and this month's national goal of 45,000 alarms installed through the month of October.

"The American Red Cross responds to disasters across the nation nearly every eight minutes and approximately 93 percent of those are home fires," said Steve Vetrano, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast.  The multi-year campaign kicked off across the country in October 2014 with a goal to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.  "We have installed more than 5,100 smoke alarms in the Greater Houston area since the campaign began," said Vetrano, "and we are dedicated to joining the nation in full force this month, both in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast."

General information:
Date:  Saturday, October 15
When:  Volunteers and partners will arrive at the rallying point (see below) at 8:30 a.m. for instructions.  Red Cross vehicles will depart at approximately 9:30 a.m. and installations will occur through 2 p.m.
Where:  Rallying point is at the American Red Cross of Greater Houston Chapter building, 2700, Southwest Freeway.
About the American Red Cross:  
The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, 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