Provided by American Red Cross North Texas
LUBBOCK (May 16, 2018) - The American Red Cross North Texas installed 3,076 free smoke alarms and made 1,060 homes safer as it celebrated Sound the Alarm from April 28-May 13, 2018.
Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in which Red Cross volunteers and partners, including local fire departments, canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create fire escape plans.
"I am proud of the work done by Red Cross volunteers and our partners to make North Texas safer every day. Over the last three weeks, we focused our efforts on home fire safety and, as a result, thousands of people are better prepared in the event of a fire," said Keith Rhodes, CEO, American Red Cross North Texas.
"The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who supported this effort, including volunteers, fire departments, corporate partners, NFL player Byron Bell and more. We look forward to continuing to educate residents on the importance of working smoke alarms and home fire safety."
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.
As part of this nationwide effort, the Red Cross and our partners have helped save at least 420 lives and installed more than 1.3 million free smoke alarms since 2014.
You can help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution or taking steps to protect your family from home fires. Learn more about the Sound the Alarm at www.soundthealarm.org/northtexas.