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Red Cross to install 100,000 smoke alarms across US in 16 days

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Information provided by the American Red Cross 

BATON ROUGE, LA - The American Red Cross is getting ready to Sound the Alarm against home fires. From April 28 to May 13, thousands of Red Cross volunteers and partners across the country will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in just 16 days in communities at high risk for fires.

In this area, the Louisiana Red Cross will install free smoke alarms in North Baton Rouge and Gardere on April 28 and May 5.

“Smoke alarms save lives,” said Merri Alessi, executive director for the Capital West chapter of the American Red Cross of Louisiana “Three out of every five home fire deaths in this country happen in homes that don’t have working smoke alarms. So we here in Louisiana, we are joining this national effort to install 100,000 alarms in homes that need them most.”

During the Sound the Alarm event, Red Cross volunteers and partners will canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families create escape plans. These smoke alarm installation events are part of the multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in 2014 to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in this country. The campaign is making a difference. As of March 31, 2018:

  • The Home Fire Campaign is credited with helping to save 416 lives.
  • Red Cross volunteers and 4,400 campaign partners have installed more than 1.2 million smoke alarms.
  • 1.3 million people have been served through visits to more than a half-million homes.
  • More than a million children have been reached through specially targeted programs.

Here in Louisiana, we have already installed over 6,500 smoke alarms since July 1.

Jimi and Stevie know the importance of having smoke alarms and a fire escape plan in place. They experienced a home fire where they lost their home, but luckily their whole family – including their two dogs – got out safe due to a visit from the Red Cross just one year before. “[The Red Cross] installed the smoke alarms for us, and talked about the fire prevention, and also the fire escape plan, which was the major issue that saved our lives and got us out of the house in time,” said Jimi. Watch Jimi and Stevie’s life-changing story.

Join the Red Cross to help families like Jimi and Stevie’s and fight against home fires today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution at redcross.org, or taking two easy steps to help save lives – practicing fire drills at home and checking your smoke alarms every month. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. Learn more at soundthealarm.org

This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

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