The American Red Cross Honors Martin Luther King Jr. by Installing Free Smoke Alarms Today

To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Indiana region of the American Red Cross will come together to assist vulnerable communities with the Home Fire Campaign.

The American Red Cross of Southern Indiana will install smoke alarms, test existing alarms and replace batteries with the help of the Evansville Fire Department.

Partners will install on Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., in Evansville.

For more information about the Home Fire Campaign, or to sign up to participate, call The Red Cross at (812) 471-7200.

The Red Cross is looking for additional volunteers to assist.

Home fires can happen any time, but generally increase during the fall and winter months when it becomes the coldest.

Indiana is among the top 10 states for home fire-related injuries and deaths.

Since December 1, the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has seen more than 110 disaster events, with 202 families, 532 individuals affected and 11 fatalities.

"It's more important than ever that we all band together to save lives, reduce injuries and needless loss from home fires," said Duchess Adjei, Regional Communication Director. "As we look to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will use his message of service to save lives and prevent fires."

The American Red Cross' Home Fire Campaign is a nationwide, multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

People of all ages are vulnerable to home fires.

Individuals, corporations or community organizations interested in volunteering in their community, can reach out to the American Red Cross of Southern Indiana by clicking here.

The Indiana Region serves 87 Indiana counties consisting of six Red Cross chapters: Central Indiana (Indianapolis headquarters), Northern Indiana (South Bend headquarters), Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne headquarters), Northwest (Merrillville headquarters), Southern Indiana (Evansville headquarters) and West Central Indiana (Terre Haute headquarters).


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