The American Red Cross volunteers and partners will visit local homes to help install 100,000 free smoke alarms during a national effort to the Sound the Alarm against home fires.
The home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events below are part of a two-week push of Sound the Alarm events in 100 cities with a high risk of home fires—which kill more people in a typical year in the U.S than all other natural disasters combined. Most deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
Each local event will begin with a breakfast and rally for volunteers before they head out into the communities going door-to-door installing free smoke alarms. The meeting locations are:
Saturday, May 4, Honesdale: Honesdale Fire Department, 440 Grove St. at 8:30 a.m.
In addition, the Honesdale event will include a free pancake breakfast provided by The Salvation Army as well as free disaster preparedness education for families. Both of these events are open to the public.
“Each day, Red Cross volunteers care for neighbors devastated by home fires, and we want to prevent needless tragedies from these disasters,” said Dave Skutnik, Regional Director of Communications for the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. “You can help us #EndHomeFires by volunteering and raising donations for lifesaving services.”
HOW VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP During Sound the Alarm events, Red Cross volunteers and members of fire departments and other local community organizations 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. Visit SoundTheAlarm.org/EasternPA for more details, including signing up to help at events.
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 500 lives nationwide. In Northeast PA and the Poconos, the Red Cross and local partners have:
Installed nearly 15,000 free smoke alarms
Made nearly 5,000 households safer
Reached more than 16,500 children through youth preparedness programs
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional partners including Wawa, UGI, Triumph Group, State Farm, Sanofi Pasteur and The Fresh Grocer.