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Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster, including in the Central Valley where home fires occur every day. Please be prepared!

Volunteers Install Free Smoke Alarms for Local Families

COARSEGOLD — On Saturday, volunteers and members of the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter, Madera County Fire Department and United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties installed nearly 100 free smoke alarms for families in Coarsegold as part of a national Red Cross Sound the Alarm effort to install 50,000 smoke alarms across the country this spring.

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“Without everyone coming together to ‘Sound the Alarm,’ we wouldn’t have been able to help hundreds of vulnerable neighbors in Coarsegold,” said Lori Wilson, Executive Director of the Red Cross Central Valley Chapter. “Home fires are a constant threat to our community, and our efforts on Saturday will make a lasting difference to save lives.”

Making Local Homes Safer

People can register now at www.soundthealarm.org to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information with residents at the next ‘Sound the Alarm’ event in Madera on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No prior experience is needed. Training will be provided at John Wells Youth Center before volunteer teams, with members of the Red Cross and Madera City Fire Department, visit area homes.

Saving Lives From the Nation’s Most Frequent Disaster

Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster, including in the Central Valley where home fires occur every day. This ‘Sound the Alarm’ event is a critical part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has helped save at least 1,275 lives since launching in Oct. 2014. As part of the campaign in the Central Valley, the Red Cross and local partners have installed more than 10,600 free smoke alarms and made more than 4,479 households safer.

Visit www.soundthealarm.org to learn more and make a donation to the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.

This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from regional partners: Bank of the Sierra, Bitwise, Coarsegold Market, North Fork Super Market, PennyMac, and The Wonderful Company.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters, supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, distributes international humanitarian aid, and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/centralcalifornia or www.cruzrojaamericana.org. You may also visit them on Twitter at @RedCrossCCR.

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