By Ryan Cuttitta, American Red Cross
Home fires are the most common disaster threat faced in the U.S. Did you know, 60 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms? The American Red Cross is on a mission to help prevent tragic home fire deaths and injuries
by educating families about the risk of home fires and helping to prepare their homes. But, we need your help! The Red Cross needs YOU to come out and volunteer for our inaugural “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.” event in Providence, Rhode Island, and surrounding communities, on Saturday, September 23.
Sound the Alarm. Save a Life is part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number or injuries and deaths due to home fires. During the event, volunteers will help install smoke alarms in the community and provide fire safety education and information. What a great way to give back to your community on a Saturday afternoon! Not only is the program free of charge, but it’s also a great way to learn about the American Red Cross.
Volunteers are needed from across the Providence area to help the Red Cross install smoke alarms and educate families on fire safety and prevention. American Red Cross
Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director Susan Roberts shares how meaningful it is to volunteer for this program, “Sometimes that alarm you install is going to go off and you’re going to feel good knowing that you might have helped prevent someone from dying from a fire, and that’s from the heart, that makes you feel good.”
By volunteering for the “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” event, you will be involved in direct service to the community, installing a smoke alarm in someone’s home that may ultimately help that family one day escape a fire. “What’s unique about “Sound the Alarm” is that not only will you be providing that direct service through installations and education, but you also get to meet the families you are helping first-hand,” Roberts added. “Our state motto is Hope, and hope is a great thing to help you sleep at night.”
Come out to volunteer for this event on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cranston West High School. To volunteer visit: soundthealarm.org/rhodeisland.
To learn more about sound the alarm visit redcross.org/soundthealarm.