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Red Cross Cascades volunteers install a free smoke alarm inside a home in Kelso, WA on May 4, 2019 as part of the Sound the Alarm campaign. Sound the Alarm is a national Red Cross initiative to install 100,000 smoke alarms in 100+ communities across the c
Red Cross Cascades volunteers install a free smoke alarm inside a home in Kelso, WA on May 4, 2019 as part of the Sound the Alarm campaign. Sound the Alarm is a national Red Cross initiative to install 100,000 smoke alarms in 100+ communities across the c
Red Cross & Eugene Springfield Fire to Sound the Alarm and Help Save Lives from Home Fires (Photo) - 05/09/19

This Saturday, May 11, Red Cross volunteers will install FREE smoke alarms in local homes. This event is part of the Sound the Alarm initiative, which includes the installation of 100,000 alarms in 100+ communities across the country.

SPRINGFIELD, OR., May 9, 2019 — Join the American Red Cross Cascades Region and Eugene Springfield Fire to Sound the Alarm about fire safety and reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Every day, an average of seven people die as a result of a fire in their home, and most of these deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

On May 11, Red Cross volunteers, Eugene Springfield Fire officials, the Oregon State Fire Marshal and local partners will install free smoke alarms in homes that need them and deliver fire safety education. Appointments to receive free smoke alarms are still available and can be made by visiting soundthealarm.org/cascades.

WHAT: Join the Red Cross volunteers to install free smoke alarms, deliver fire safety information and Sound the Alarm about fire safety.

WHERE:   Calvary Open Bible, 1116 Centennial Blvd., Springfield, OR 97477 (event kick-off and staging area)

WHEN:     May 11, at 8:30 a.m. Red Cross leaders will deliver remarks on the importance of the Sound the Alarm campaign and local home fire safety efforts.

This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional partners: Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Fred Meyer, Leatherman and the Allstate Foundation.

ABOUT RED CROSS SOUND THE ALARM INITIATIVE:

“Each day, Red Cross volunteers care for neighbors devastated by home fires, and we want to prevent needless tragedies from these disasters,” said Dale Kunce, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “You can help #EndHomeFires by volunteering and raising donations 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 582 lives nationwide, including seven in the Cascades Region.

Together, the Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners have:

  • Installed more than 25,000 free smoke alarms
  • Made more 8,000 households safer
  • Reached more than 20,000 children through youth preparedness programs

During Sound the Alarm events, Red Cross volunteers will go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. Services are free and available to all people in need.

WATCH A LOCAL STORY ABOUT OUR WORK:

View Stevie and Jimi’s story here

ABOUT RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN:

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. Across the country, the Red Cross efforts to end home fires are making a difference. As of February 2019, the Red Cross and our partners have saved more than 582 lives and installed more than 1,603,000 free smoke alarms.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. To sign up to help, visit SoundTheAlarm.org.

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 Facebook at Red Cross Cascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

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