GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA— Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster in
the U.S., the majority of which are home fires.
Tragically, seven people die in home fires each day, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. In an effort to save lives, the Red Cross installs free smoke
alarms during its Sound the Alarm home fire safety events.
On May 18, the Red Cross is partnering with local community groups and organizations to install free
smoke alarms in Central City. To request a smoke alarm, call 2-1-1 or visit GetASmokeAlarm.org.
To volunteer to help with installation, sign up on Red Cross Volunteer Connection. Volunteers will meet at 9
a.m. on May 18 at the Central City Volunteer Fire Department (414 H Street, Central City, Nebraska).
“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face,” said Rachelle Lipker, Red Cross Executive Director
for Central and Western Nebraska. “We want to make sure everyone can get out of their home safely
should they experience a fire. Smoke alarm cut the risk of death or injury in half.”
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 install free
smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
Sound the Alarm events are part of the Home Fire Campaign, which the Red Cross launched in 2014 to
reduce fire deaths and injuries. So far, it has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than
500 lives nationwide.