SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 news) – We often see the Red Cross helping fire victims after the fact, but they work just as hard to prevent fires.
The Red Cross recently focused their “Sound the Alarm” event held this last Saturday to helping the community to be more prepared before a fire, instead of after.
ABC4’s Emily Florez was on scene as volunteers headed out to neighborhoods surrounding the park to install free smoke alarms and replace batteries in existing alarms.
Since the Red Cross launched this campaign in 2014, They have installed 4700 free smoke alarms in 1900 different residences in the greater Salt Lake City area and helped families formulate escape plans to get out in case of a fire.
One of yesterday’s recipients was Jennifer Ibarra, who once experienced a cooking fire in her home when said she was making some fry bread and had gone upstairs for minute. When she came back down, her kitchen was on fire.
“Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50 percent plus the educational part,” said Rich Woodruff with the American Red Cross. “Nationally the Red Cross has installed over 1.7 million alarms in the past 3 years. 580 lives have been saved so what’s going on here is really a life-saving event today.”
To volunteer or donate, visit Soundthealarm.org/utah.
If you would like to request a free smoke alarm, you can call 801-323-7022.