The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is kicking off the second year of the ‘Sound the Alarm. Save a Life’ campaign with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across Chicago and northern Illinois this spring. Volunteers and partners will visit homes and install over 2,000 free smoke alarms as part of a national goal of 100,000. This is part of a nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
The home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events below are part of a push of Sound the Alarm events in 100 cities with a high risk of home fires—which kill more people in a typical year in the U.S than all other natural disasters combined. Smoke alarms help saves lives as most deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
· Saturday, April 27, Austin, Columbus Park District – Field House, 500 S. Central Ave, 9:30a – 5:00p
· Saturday, April 27, Freeport, Martin Luther King Community Center, 9:00a – 3:00p
· Saturday, May 11, Bolingbrook, Bolingbrook High School 365 Raider Way, 8:00a - 5:00p.
· Saturday, May 11, Rockford, Ken Rock Community Center, 3218 11th Street, 9:00a-3:00p
· Saturday, May 18, North Lawndale, Douglas Park District - Cultural Center/Field House, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr, 9:30am - 5pm.
· Saturday, May 18, Joliet, University of St. Francis St Clare Campus 1550 Plainfield Rd, 8:00a – 5:00p
Watch this video to see more about “Sound the Alarm.”
Find a link to installation b-roll here.
“Each day, Red Cross volunteers care for neighbors devastated by home fires. With Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installations, we are working to prevent death and injuries related to them,” said American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois CEO Celena Roldán. “You can help #EndHomeFires by volunteering to install smoke alarms and sharing fire safety education to help make our communities more resilient.”
GET A SMOKE ALARM: People who are interested in signing up to receive a free smoke alarm and have Red Cross volunteers install it for them can sign up for an appointment by going to www.getasmokealarm.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EVENTS People interested in helping at events can register now at www.SoundTheAlarm.org/Chicago to volunteer for lifesaving services.
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 552 lives nationwide.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional corporate partners: Motorola Solutions Foundation, Gallagher, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Grainger, Bank of America, Joan and Paul Rubschlager and USG Corporation.
Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Visit SoundTheAlarm.org 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.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.