Seven times per day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. More lives are lost every year to home fires than all other major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods combined. Children and the elderly are more at risk to dying in a home fire.
To help reduce the risk in East LA, country music star, Drake White will join hundreds of Red Cross staff, volunteers and the East Los Angeles Preparedness and Resiliency Coalition to promote home fire preparedness and install hundreds of smoke alarms for free.
Drake White has taken a break on his Living The Dream tour, to “give the dream” by partnering with Ford and the American Red Cross to help make Los Angeles communities safer and better prepared.
Drake will work side by side with staff and volunteers to install smoke alarms and help families to make a plan in case of disaster. The initiative is part of the community fueled Red Cross’s Home Fire Prevention Campaign which aims to educate families at grassroots level on fire safety tips, ensure that current smoke detectors are working, and install free smoke alarms in homes as needed.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Ruben Salazar Park (follow Red Cross signage to meeting point)
3864 Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
You may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before being succumbed by toxic fumes or fire. You don’t have time to think, only to react. Studies shown and fire experts agree that having working smoke alarms in your home can increase your chance of surviving a home fire by 50%. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year and most of these are home fires. Smoke detectors are not a luxury but a vital necessity. The Red Cross provided assistance to more than 20 people in 6 major East LA fires in 2015. More info about our campaign can be found at http://preparesocal.org/home-fire-preparedness-smoke-alarm-installation-events/ and www.redcross.org/lahomefire
In coordination with: East Los Angeles Preparedness and Resiliency Coalition: Los Angeles Region American Red Cross, Mercy Worldwide, Ford Motor Company, Los Angeles Fire Department, County Office of Emergency Management, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.