Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Brings Free Smoke Alarms To Bend


The American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education to Bend residents on Saturday, April 30.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have only two minutes to escape? Home fires are the single greatest disaster threat to individuals and families throughout the country. Through the Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross and local partners are helping to reduce the risk of home fire by installing free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

On Saturday, April 30, between the hours of 9:30am and 3pm, the Red Cross in Bend will install new, free smoke alarms in homes that need them. Trained volunteers will begin installing free smoke alarms near the Bend Red Cross office, 815 SW Bond St. in the morning and will travel throughout Bend for installation appointments during the day. To make an appointment to have smoke alarm(s) installed please call 541-749-4144 or visit

During appointments volunteers will be reviewing fire safety checklists with residents and providing information about creating a fire escape plan.

“We hope most Bend residents never experience a fire in their home, but if they do, we want to make sure they get out before it’s too late,” said Lisa Stroup, executive director of the Red Cross Cascades Region Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter. “Having working smoke alarms in homes can double a person’s chance of surviving a home fire. It’s a simple, free and potentially lifesaving step anyone can take to protect their home and family.”

* For additional information or to schedule an appointment to have free smoke alarm(s) installed by the Red Cross, please call (541) 749-4144 or visit

* Volunteers are needed for this lifesaving outreach effort. Individuals, faith-based groups, local businesses and organizations are invited to participate. Training is provided. To register to volunteer, visit or email

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit, find us on Facebook: Red Cross Cascades Region or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCASC.

Contact Info:
Monique Dugaw
Communications Director
American Red Cross Cascades Region
503-528-5629 (p)
503-877-7121 (c)

Lisa Stroup
Executive Director
American Red Cross
Cascades Region: Central and Eastern Oregon
541-306-1238 (c)
541-749-4196 (p)


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