“As many as seven people die in this country every day from a home fire, but smoke alarms cut your risk in half,” said Guillermo Sanchez, Preparedness Manager for the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Protect your household this weekend. Turn your clocks forward and test your smoke alarms.”
HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVING LIVES The Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters every year and most of them are home fires. To help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries, the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign with community partners in 2014 to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries.
Recently, with support from thousands of community partners, the campaign met its goal of installing 2.5 million free smoke alarms and making 1 million households safer across the country. So far, the Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving more than 1,580 lives in the U.S. Because home fires remain a daily threat and the campaign has made a lifesaving difference, the Red Cross will be continuing the program with community partners as part of its standard services across the country.
JOIN A REWARDING DAY OF GIVING BACK The Red Cross is working to help families stay safe by installing free smoke alarms during its Sound the Alarm home fire safety events in at-risk communities. Volunteers are needed events on March 11 in Lancaster and March 18 in Artesia, along with on April 22 in East LA and April 29 in Inglewood — register and learn more at redcross.org/LAhomefire.