Lafayette, La. – (A.R.C. of La.) — The American Red Cross will Sound the Alarm in Lafayette this Saturday, April 20 from 8:30AM to 1:00PM, in an effort to educate at-risk communities on home fire safety tactics and save lives through free smoke alarm installation. This national initiative is taking place in 100 cities nationwide with a goal of installing 100,000 smoke alarms in the last two weeks of April and first two weeks of May. Here in Louisiana, Lafayette was selected as one of four signature cities to host the program, and will comprise of four installation events in pre-determined neighborhoods:
April 20 – Lafayette
April 27 – Scott
May 4 – Lafayette
May 11 – Broussard
The canvassing event this Saturday will take place around Dorsey Park in homes located in an area between N. St Antoine Street, Willow Street, Patterson Street, and Benoit-Falgout Drive. Staff, volunteers and partners will meet at the Martin Luther King Center located at 309 Cora Street Lafayette LA 70501 at 8:30AM Saturday morning for a brief training before dispersing into the community. No prior experience is needed for those wishing to volunteer as there will be multiple volunteer positions available.
This event comes on the heels of a new survey released by the American Red Cross, showing that roughly two in five people think it’s more likely that they’ll win the lottery than lose their home in a fire. But the real odds are the opposite: the chance is greater of dying from exposure to fire or smoke (nearly one in 1,500), compared to winning the lottery (typically one in millions).
Additionally, almost all people surveyed – 96 percent – said they’ve engaged in ordinary activities that are among the leading causes of home fires. For example:
- More than 70 percent of people said they’ve left the kitchen while cooking on the stove.
- Nearly three in five adults have walked away from their grill while cooking.
- Nearly one-third of people left the room or fell asleep while burning candles.
To help prevent home fires, the Red Cross urges everyone to always supervise cooking equipment and candles, and follow additional safety tips at redcross.org/homefires.
We are still in need of volunteers for all events. To register as a volunteer in advance, the public can visit www.soundthealarm.org/Louisiana. Volunteers are also invited to meet up at the rally point on the morning of the event at 8:30AM to join the efforts to #EndHomeFires.