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Join the Red Cross to Sound the Alarm and Save Lives from Home Fires

PRINCETON, NJ — The American Red Cross is asking everyone to help Sound the Alarm and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region will be holding Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events simultaneously in three New Jersey cities on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Red Cross volunteers, together with local fire departments and community partners, will be canvassing neighborhoods in Jersey City, Trenton and Camden, installing free smoke alarms and helping families create fire escape plans.

“In a typical year, home fires kill more people than all other natural disasters combined in the United States. We want to help protect families from home fires by installing free smoke alarms and providing important fire safety information,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Please join us as we Sound the Alarm in New Jersey and help save lives. Be part of this lifesaving effort by registering to volunteer or making a financial donation.”

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The Sound the Alarm events in New Jersey are part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held between September 23 and October 15, culminating in the Red Cross’ installation of the one-millionth free smoke alarm since its Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014.

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 wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. As of June 30, 2017, the Red Cross and partners across the country have helped save at least 260 lives and have installed 941,916 free smoke alarms. Eighteen of the lives saved and more than 21,000 free smoke alarm installations are credited to the work of the campaign by the Red Cross and partners in New Jersey.

To learn more and get involved, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/NJ

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.

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping more than 1,800 displaced families; collected more than 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 3,500 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 116,100 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.

 

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