The goal of the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm National Signature Event is to install 100,000 smoke alarms in 100 major cities between April 28 and May 13, 2018. It’s an ambitious goal, and we couldn’t do it without a lot of help. More than 27,000 volunteers have signed up nationally for Sound the Alarm installations during this period.
Hundreds among them have committed to installations in The Ohio Buckeye Region. They’ve gone into at-risk communities to install 10-year smoke alarms, check and replace batteries, provide fire safety education, and help people develop escape plans.
There’s an equally generous force behind this multitude of volunteers: the companies, foundations and other organizations whose donations of money, publicity, and volunteers make it all possible.
A lot goes into an installation event. Volunteers must be recruited, trained, and transported to the site. Hundreds of smoke alarms must be ready. Educational materials must be printed. When you witness an installation event, it looks like a minor logistical miracle.
Since 2014, more than 400 lives have been saved around the United States by smoke alarms Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed. Among them is this grateful family:
A mother had gathered all of her children together to celebrate the Christmas holiday. On December 26th at 11:00 p.m., smoke alarms in the home began sounding. The furnace had caught fire and heavy smoke was already throughout the home.
Just two weeks earlier, Red Cross volunteers had installed smoke alarms and educated the whole family on fire safety. The mother said that the sounding smoke alarms were the reason that she and her family were able to escape without harm and that the discussion on fire safety helped her and her children to know exactly what to do when smoke started filling the home.
The leaders of businesses and foundations in The Ohio Buckeye Region are determined to reduce the number of home fire injuries and deaths. These men and women are backing their words of support with thousands of dollars of funding and dozens of employees who volunteer.
We especially thank:
- AEP Foundation
- Columbia Gas of Ohio
- The Columbus Foundation
- Easton Community Foundation
- Nationwide Foundation
- State Farm
- Nidec Minster
When Red Cross volunteers are invited into a home to install a free smoke alarm, an invisible army of community partners stands behind them, ready to Sound the Alarm – Save a Life.