Christine Welch, Regional Communications Director
Got 15 Minutes to Spare?
Book a virtual appointment with the local Red Cross to make your home safer
Orange County, CALIF., April 13, 2021 — It’s all about time. You have just two minutes to safely escape a home fire. So why not spend 15 minutes with the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties to learn how to protect your family and home? This is a free service.
Now through May 8, sign up your household for a free home fire safety consultation, and to receive an installation of free smoke alarms in your home, when it becomes safe to do so. The call takes 15 minutes and may help save your life or the life of a loved one.
Once you sign up, you will receive a call from a Red Cross volunteer, who will share fire safety information and help you create a home fire escape plan. You can also be added to a list to receive free smoke alarms for your home. This program is part of Sound the Alarm, a national effort to educate 100,000 people about home fire safety.
“Home fires remain the most frequent disaster during COVID-19, and more than 90 percent of Red Cross responses each year are the result of home fires,” said Melissa Altman, regional preparedness manager of the American Red Cross of Orange County. “It’s critical that we help our neighbors protect themselves from these everyday disasters.”
In the 15-minute session you’ll learn about:
- Causes of home fires
- How to reduce the risk of a fire in your home
- What to do if a fire occurs
- Planning your escape route and meeting place
- Preparing your children
- You can’t evacuate. What now?
- Living your action plan
To book an appointment (available in English and Spanish), visit SoundTheAlarm.org/SoCal. Participants are also eligible to receive free smoke alarms installed by fire departments and community partners at a future date.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from Sound the Alarm regional partners, including Dhont Family Foundation, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Motorola Solutions Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, State Farm, Elizabeth Steele, U.S. Bank, Wawanesa Insurance, Wells Fargo Foundation, and others.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by the generosity of donors and the power of volunteers. For more information about Sound the Alarm, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/SoCal.
About the American Red Cross Southern California Region
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 public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to carrying out disaster preparedness and response programs, blood collection, health and safety training, international services programs and supporting the military community, the Southern California Region provides nutritional counseling through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in San Diego and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.