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Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help Install Smoke Alarms

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March 19, 2018
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Contact: Trish Burnett, Regional Communications Director
Phone: 
309-258-4920
EmailTrish.Burnett@redcross.org


Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help Install Smoke Alarms
Sound the Alarm events in Scott, Muscatine, Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties
 
MOLINE, IL, March 13, 2018 — The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Scott, Muscatine, Rock Island, Henry and Mercer Counties.
 
“Sound the Alarm is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Amber Wood, Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, you can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm on Saturday, April 28, 2018.”
 
If you are interested in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, contact Laura.Streid@redcross.org or visit the Sound the Alarm information on redcross.org.
 
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. The Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to end these tragedies and save lives.
 
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of January 31, 2018, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 348; reached 1,019, 644 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 1,135,679 free smoke alarms. Here in Central and Southern Illinois Region, the Red Cross and our partners have saved at least 14 lives; installed 12,019 free smoke alarms and made 5,026 homes safer.
 
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.
 
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
 
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Contact:
Trish Burnett, Regional Communications Director
(309) 258-4920

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