The American Red Cross kicks off Sound the Alarm campaign

NOW: The American Red Cross kicks off Sound the Alarm campaign

SOUTH BEND, Ind.---The American Red Cross is calling Hoosiers to join in on its “Sound the Alarm” campaign.

The goal of the nationwide effort is to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries caused by house fires.

100,000 free smoke detectors will be installed in more than 100 communities across the country.

The American Red Cross stated in a release that seven people die every day in this country from house fires and with South Bend being no exception, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he’s backing the plan.

“Keeping residents safe is a priority. That’s why I’m helping the Indiana region of the American Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” about home fires,” said Buttigieg in an American Red Cross campaign for Sound the Alarm.

The American Red Cross mentioned it goes out to about 64,000 disasters a year, with the majority of them being house fires.

And if there’s a house fire in residents homes, The American Red Cross estimated people only have two minutes or less to make it out safe.

The American Red Cross CEO, Chad Priest, said last year they responded to 1,400 house fires in Indiana alone.

And now this weekend multiple events will kick off for the campaign here in Michiana.

South Bend volunteer location:

St. Adalbert Church 2505 W. Grace St. April 28, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and April 28, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To donate:

To volunteer email: or go to

For information on free smoke alarm installation events around Indiana call: 1-888-684-1441

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