Porterville Recorder



Thank you to Sound The Alarm volunteers

Two minutes may be all the time you have to escape a home fire before it’s too late.

That’s why the American Red Cross of the Central Valley partnered with Portervill­e Fire Department and Tulare County Fire Department on April 30 to make sure local families are prepared to get out safely with working smoke alarms — which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.

Together, we installed 106 free smoke alarms for vulnerable households in Portervill­e, helped them create home fire escape plans and shared vital fire safety informatio­n.

This effort in our community is part of a series of national Red Cross Sound the Alarm events in May to install 50,000 free smoke alarms in at-risk neighborho­ods across the country. Events like these are at the heart of our national Home Fire Campaign — which has helped save at least 1,275 lives, including 9 here in Central California, since 2014.

On behalf of those we serve, thank you to everyone who helped during April 30th’s Sound the Alarm event — as well as to our remarkable volunteers, donors and community partners who support the campaign year-round. To learn more about how you can protect your family and get involved, visit Soundtheal­arm.org/centralcal­ifornia.

Kaytlin Crough, Disaster Program Manager American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter

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