Sound the Alarm! Fresno
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, five teams from FedEx Supply Chain GSK facility partnered with our local chapter of the American Red Cross to install and test smoke alarms in 25 homes in under-served communities in Fresno, CA. This was a joint collaborative effort between the Display Packaging Center & Regional Distribution Center. The day was a great success! The Red Cross facilitators expected between 40-50 alarms to be installed during this event, but we installed 86 because our site motto is: "Fresno Gets It Done!"
In addition to installing the alarms, our teams educated the families on fire safety tips, how to construct an emergency evacuation plan and map, how to build a "grab and go" bag in the event of a fire, and how to run fire drills with their families and pets to ensure everyone is out in no longer than two minutes.
Sound the Alarm is a part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign that trains volunteers to canvass at-risk neighborhoods and install free smoke alarms and replace batteries in existing alarms. According to the American Red Cross, seven people die in home fires each day. Most of these incidents occur in homes that are lacking working smoke alarms. The two groups that are the most common victims of these incidents are the elderly and children. As a response, the American Red Cross launched their Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Since 2014, the American Red Cross’ home visits have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms to prepare people against the dangers of home fires. The American Red Cross reported that over the course of Sound the Alarm, 472 lives have been saved, 1,476,358 smoke alarms have been installed, 612,405 households have been made safer, and 1,207,470 youths have been reached through the Home Fire Campaign. (https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.html).
In California, wild fires get a lot of attention. However, in Fresno County home fires are the #1 disaster. We have approximately 40 home fires per month. In 2017, the local chapter of the Red Cross estimated ~75 families were saved because of this program. To volunteer to Sound the Alarm with thousands of others, visit the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm website: https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.html.