The American Red Cross will be hosting a Sound the Alarm event in Joliet this Saturday, May 18 as part of a nationwide campaign to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
In a special effort to reach the Latino community, the Red Cross has been working closely with local community organizations in Joliet, such as the Spanish Community Center and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
The American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley has also distributed information in Spanish to residents about Sound the Alarm and the need for Spanish-speaking volunteers to help install free smoke alarms and provide home fire safety education.
Joliet residents can sign up for a free smoke alarm installation by calling 331-321-1799 or visiting getasmokealarm.org.
Anyone wanting to help the Red Cross install free smoke alarms can register at activatualarma.org. Residents volunteering at the event will receive two free Chicago White Sox tickets.
Red Cross volunteers, the Joliet Fire Department and the East Joliet Fire Protection District will go out into the community to help residents create fire escape plans and install free smoke alarms.
Volunteers will rally at 8:00 a.m. at the University of St. Francis-St. Clare Campus, located at 1550 Plainfield Rd., Joliet for a brief training.
Watch this video to see more about “Sound the Alarm.”
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 589 lives nationwide.
The Red Cross like to thank our regional corporate partners for making this event possible: Motorola Solutions Foundation, Gallagher, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Grainger, Bank of America, Joan and Paul Rubschlager and USG Corporation.
About the American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley:
The American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley serves 1.1 million people in six counties in Northern Illinois including Kankakee, Will, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Putnam. 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 www.redcross.org/ILRiver or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.