Red Cross

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, in partnership with Southern California Gas, is offering free smoke alarms for Pacoima residents on Saturday, April 29.

The alarms, which use lithium batteries, are guaranteed for 10 years. They will be handed out at the Hubert H. Humphrey Recreation Center, located at 12560 Filmore St.

In addition, volunteers in teams of three will go to neighborhood residences and help install the alarms, at no charge.

To receive a detector you must register with the Red Cross, either online at, or the day of the giveaway at the recreation center.

The giveaway is part of the American Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal campaign to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large, and to promote community resiliency within the most vulnerable communities, a Red Cross spokesman said.

The Home Fire Campaign efforts aim to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years in America.

“On average, it only takes two minutes for fire to fully engulf a home or apartment giving limited time to exit a burning home,” the spokesman said. “Experts agree that working smoke alarms increase the probability of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.

“The Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign aims to educate communities on fire safety tips, ensure that current smoke alarms are working and install free smoke alarms in homes as needed. Smoke alarms are not a luxury but a vital necessity.”

The center will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and on-sight registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by an hour-long training session for those receiving detectors on proper installation.

Starting at 10 a.m. volunteers will start canvassing neighborhoods to help with installations, and promote fire and earthquake preparedness. A lunch will be served following the installations.