On Saturday, July 13, the city of Yucaipa took action to “Sound the Alarm” against home fires. Seven people die each day in home fires around the country, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms.

In partnership with the American Red Cross, the city of Yucaipa and the Yucaipa Fire Department proudly announced that during the second Sound the Alarm event, 37 volunteers were in attendance, 110 alarms were installed, and 65 residents were educated on fire safety at the Aladdin Mobilehome Park.

City staff canvassed the mobile home park the week prior to the event to let residents know that volunteers would be back to install free smoke alarms and help families create escape plans. These smoke alarm installation events are part of the multi-year Red Cross Home Fire Campaign (launched in 2014 to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in this country) and the campaign is clearly making a difference, being credited for saving 589 lives to date.

The city credits its hardworking event volunteers, representing American Red Cross, the Yucaipa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Yucaipa Valley Rotary Club, and Yucaipa Citizens on Patrol.

According to Mayor Bobby Duncan, “We look forward to continued future Sound the Alarm events to strengthen our emergency preparedness efforts throughout the city.”

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