Volunteers from all over the Gold Country Region will gather this weekend in support of Sound the Alarm, the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.
Nationwide, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm through a series of smoke alarm installation and fire safety events in more than 100-high-risk communities. From April 28 through May 13, Red Cross volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. Our goal in the Gold Country Region is 1,000 alarm installations. These events are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which since 2014 has helped save lives through smoke alarm installations and home fire safety education in thousands of communities.
Locally, teams will be installing free smoke alarms in the following locations:
May 4: West Sacramento
May 5: Redding, Live Oak, Orangevale, Newcastle, Citrus Heights, Stockton, Placerville & Murphys
The Red Cross invites the public to volunteer with Sound the Alarm installation events by signing up at soundthealarm.org.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign and rallied an army of volunteers, donors, and partners to canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Stephen Walsh, Red Cross Regional Communications Director. “Here in the Gold Country Region alone, we responded to 621 home fires in Fiscal Year 2017. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”
Partners working with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region on Sound the Alarm include PG&E, Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, Oracle, Port of Stockton, Doctors Medical Center, Chicken Ranch Casino and Ranch House Restaurant, Dorfman Pacific, Doctors Medical Center, Mocse Credit Union, Burnside Body Shop, Black Oak Casino Resort, Walmart and CGE Foundation.
Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the Sacramento region to raise money for nearly 600 nonprofits and shine a spotlight on the work local organizations do to strengthen the capital area each day!
Make a difference during #BDOG2018 on Thursday, May 3, and donate to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. This year, we are raising funds for Sound the Alarm, the Red Cross’ national initiative to install free smoke alarms in at-risk communities.
Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters nationwide, the majority of which are home fires. So, we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25%.
Did you know….
- On average 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
- 36 people suffer injuries related to home fires every day
- Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year
Help the Gold Country Region do its part to reduce injury and death related to home fires by donating now!
Make your donation online on May 3 or pre-schedule your gift by clicking here!
Every donation makes a difference. Thank you!
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— Benjamin Campbell
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— Guftav Fatima, Grade 12
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