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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Sound the Alarm - Save a Life!

every home needs working smoke alarms

Red Cross, St. Augustine Fire Department, and St. Johns County Fire Rescue join forces for smoke alarm installation event

On Saturday, June 25, the American Red Cross will bring the Sound the Alarm program to West Augustine. With support from the St. Augustine Fire Department and St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the Red Cross will install free smoke alarms for local families vulnerable to home fires.

Most of us don’t realize we have just two minutes to escape a home fire — which is the nation’s most frequent disaster. That’s why local fire departments are partnering with American Red Cross to prepare families to act quickly through the Home Fire Campaign. Since launching the campaign in 2014, this campaign helped save at least 1,275 lives across the country by installing free smoke alarms and helping families create escape plans. This critical work has helped make more than 982,000 households safer in at-risk communities.  


  •  WHAT:            Sound the Alarm will kick off with remarks and volunteer training, followed by free smoke alarm installations by the Red Cross at area homes, while St. Augustine Fire Department, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, and volunteer teams discuss home fire safety with families. 
  • WHERE:          The corner of Thomas St. and S. Rodriguez St. in St. Augustine. 
  • WHEN:            Saturday, June 25th at 10am

Any resident in need of a smoke alarm can register at

For more information, please contact the St. Augustine Red Cross at 904.797.3851. Media inquiries may be directed to Abby Pedigo, City of St. Augustine Fire Marshal, at 904.808.5537, or via email at or Greta Hall, Public Information Officer, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, at 904.501.8369, or via email at


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 or visit them on social @RedCrossNorthFL

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