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Red Cross Partners with the City of Lancaster to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms increase the probability of surviving a home fire by 50%; City of Lancaster supports Red Cross Sound the Alarm, Save a Life Campaign

Post Date:02/06/2018 5:00 PM
Seven times per day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. On Saturday, February 10, the City of Lancaster and the American Red Cross are partnering to reduce the number of home fires by going door to door in neighboring homes surrounding Tierra Bonita Park to install free smoke alarms and sharing critical fire safety information and earthquake preparedness.

“The American Red Cross is pleased to partner with the City of Lancaster’s Ready Lancaster program to help reduce the number of fire related deaths and injuries in this community,” said Barbara Mariscal, Disaster Program Manager, for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “The vast majority of Red Cross responses are home fires, and we place a priority on helping to keep our communities safe.”

There is an alarming number of home fires in the Los Angeles Region, as well as throughout the United States. That’s why the American Red Cross has launched the Sound the Alarm Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire related injuries and deaths by 25 percent in the next three years. Last year alone, the Los Angeles Region of the Red Cross installed nearly 14,000 free smoke alarms with the help of more than 2,600 volunteers.

“As always, we are thrilled to partner with the American Red Cross for their Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation event,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We recently launched a new program called Ready Lancaster which helps our residents understand what to do in order to better prepare for emergencies. We are grateful the Red Cross brought this Sound the Alarm event to Lancaster, as it helps residents get a jumpstart on their home preparedness.”

Sound the Alarm efforts in Lancaster are part of PrepareSoCal, a multi-region campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families as they prepare for disasters, small and large, and to promote community resiliency within the most vulnerable communities.

As part of the campaign, the American Red Cross is joining with local fire departments, community groups, and local businesses across the country to canvas neighborhoods, teach people about fire safety, and install free smoke alarms in high-risk areas.

More than one million smoke alarms have been installed across the country, and there have been 332 documented lives saved across the nation due to this important program.

To join the live-saving Sound the Alarm Campaign and help your community reduce home fires visit:
To learn more about the American Red Cross preparedness tips, visit:

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA.

About Ready Lancaster:
The City of Lancaster recently launched Ready Lancaster, a new citizen emergency preparedness campaign. The Ready Lancaster program helps residents prepare themselves and their families for disasters in three simple steps: get a kit, prepare your home, and make a plan. Additional information can be found on the Ready Lancaster website:
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