Before the Fire Starts, After the Smoke Clears

I want to tell you a story. It’s not about disasters that make headlines, like the California wildfires or Hurricane Lane. It’s about a disaster that claims lives in your community every day, but that you might never have heard of. It affects individuals and families in cities and towns across the United States and around the world. And yet in spite of all this, it gets little to no coverage. I’m talking about home fires. Home fires claims...

Sound the Alarm Saves Lives

By Jarrett Barrios, Los Angeles Region CEO Last weekend, I joined hundreds of volunteers to Sound the Alarm and install free smoke alarms in Sylmar. The weekend before, we were in Compton. This upcoming Saturday, I’ll be in South LA, then East LA on the following Saturday. Here’s why. Annually, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters and the vast majority of these are home fires. Every day, seven people are killed and...

Dedicated to Home Fire Safety

By Rachel Almond Over the past two years, I have come to understand the importance of home fire safety—especially how important it is that everyone has properly working smoke alarms installed in their home. I understand this because for the past two years, I have been a regular volunteer at the Red Cross Los Angeles Region’s free smoke alarm installation events—formerly known as Home Fire Campaigns and now known as Sound the Alarm. Save a...

Ending Home Fires with One Million Free Smoke Alarms and Counting

By Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios According to CalFire, approximately two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, smoke alarms provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.  It’s undeniable: smoke alarms save lives. For three years, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign has taken volunteers into over...

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