LOS ANGELES, CA, May 16, 2019 — In an effort to curb the deadly impact of home fires on vulnerable communities, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region will hold a smoke alarm installation event in East Los Angeles this upcoming Saturday, May 18. The event, Sound the Alarm, strives to educate local residents on home fire prevention and safety.
WHAT: Sound the Alarm
WHERE: East LA Civic Center
4801 E 3rd Street
East Los Angeles, 90022
WHEN: Saturday May 18, 2019. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Event Kick-off at 9 a.m.; smoke alarm installations to follow until 4 p.m.
Home fires kill seven people every day in the U.S. — most often, in homes without working smoke alarms. To prevent these needless tragedies, the Red Cross is rallying more than 200 local volunteers to install free smoke alarms in East LA as is part of a national push of Sound the Alarm events in 100 high-risk cities (visit SoundTheAlarm.org/LosAngeles for details).
Sound the Alarm events are part of the Home Fire Campaign, which the Red Cross launched in 2014 to reduce fire deaths and injuries. So far, it has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 500 lives nationwide. In 2018, the Red Cross of Los Angeles:
Installed more than 10,400 smoke alarms
Reached more than 8,600 youth through preparedness programs
Made more than 3,350 homes safer through home fire safety visits
The Sound the Alarm event is the last of a national effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms. People interested in helping can register now at RedCross.org/sta-eastla to volunteer and raise funds for lifesaving services.
About the American Red Cross:
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.