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Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes that Need Them in Bend - 04/10/19

On April 13, the Red Cross and community volunteers will install 100 smoke alarms in homes that need them in Bend

BEND, Ore., April 10, 2019 — The local American Red Cross Cascades Region and community volunteers are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Bend. On Saturday, April 13, starting at 10 a.m., Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door in Cascade Village Homes and Juniper Hills Mobile Home Park to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 25,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. Seven lives have been saved in our area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms.

People interested in volunteering to install free smoke alarms at Cascade Village Homes on Saturday, April 13, should contact Red Cross Central and Eastern Oregon Disaster Program Manager Carrie Sammons at (541) 419-4159.

WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event
WHERE: Cascade Village Homes, 63700 Ranch Village Dr., Bend, OR 97701
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2019, starting at 10 a.m.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Carrie Sammons will be available for media interviews at 10 a.m. at Cascade Village Homes.

GET AN ALARM The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (541) 749-4144 or complete an online form at http://www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.

MAKE A PLAN You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household – including children – can escape in less than two minutes

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/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

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