Red Cross, LBFD to Conduct Smoke Alarm Inspections in North Long Beach

The American Red Cross is partnering with the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) tomorrow to make Long Beach residents more aware of fire safety.

Beginning at 9:30AM, the LBFD and the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Coalition Teams will conduct door-to-door canvassing of single-family homes in high-risk neighborhoods located in the vicinity of Paramount Blvd. and South St.

The community outreach will involve testing existing smoke alarms, performing free fire preparedness home-safety checks and developing fire safety plans with residents.

Within the Los Angeles Region, Red Cross teams will visit nine additional at-risk neighborhoods in the next 12 months.

"They are visiting areas where there was a significant fire loss," Heflin said. "Home fires kill an average of seven people everday across the country, and every 40 minutes an injury from a home fire is reported. Roughly 100 times a day fire departments are called to a home fire."

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