Installing Free Smoke Alarms

Red Cross In Pico-Union/Westlake Installing Free Smoke Alarms

Seven times per day, someone in this country dies in a home fire and the rate is increasing. To help reduce this risk, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has partnered with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Magnolia Community Initiative to provide free ten-year year lithium battery smoke alarm installations for residents of Westlake/Pico Union and to promote home fire preparedness.

Harlem Globetrotter El Gato Melendez who is the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to ever play for the Globetrotters will be present to engage with staff and volunteers.

Smoke alarms will be free of charge and available to residents who signs up to receive them. Over 120 trained volunteers will gather and go door-to-door in the adjacent neighborhood to install around 400 smoke alarms. The efforts include providing residents with critical home-fire prevention information. This activity is part of the American Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal campaign, a multi-region campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large, and to promote community resiliency within the most vulnerable communities. The Home Fire Preparedness efforts aim to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years in America.

If you want to volunteer for a home fire/smoke alarm, visit and go to the home fire prevention page to learn where and when we have our upcoming events.

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017
7:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Loyola Law School 919 Albany St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

WHO: The Red Cross Los Angeles Region, The Harlem Globetrotters, UCLA Red Cross Club, Glendale ARC Youth Corps, UCLA Sigma Pi, Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, Pico-Union/Westlake Coalition Members, Esperanza Community Housing (Promotoras), Die Hard LA Kings Fanatics, Loyola Law School, and Los Angeles CERT.

WHY: On average, it only takes 2 minutes for fire to fully engulf a home or apartment giving limited time to exit a burning home. Experts agree that working smoke alarms increase the probability of surviving a home fire by 50 percent. The Red Cross’ Home Fire Prevention Campaign aims to educate communities on fire safety tips, ensure that current smoke detectors are working (and have charged batteries) and install free smoke detectors in homes as needed. Smoke detectors are not a luxury but a vital necessity.