Edison Volunteers Help Install Smoke Detectors

Edison Volunteers Help Install Smoke Detectors

The effort is part of the PrepareSoCal initiative, a partnership between Edison International and the Red Cross.

An Edison International volunteer installs a smoke alarm in an El Monte home.

Jacqueline Hanna (left) hands her dad, Fady, a new smoke alarm to install in an El Monte home.

The American Red Cross partnered with Edison International volunteers to canvas neighborhoods in El Monte and install smoke alarms.

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 5:30pm

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You’re at home, fast asleep at 2 a.m. Down the hall, a lit candle falls to the ground and ignites a fire. You’re woken by a blaring smoke alarm and jump out of bed.

You escape with your life.

Not everyone is as fortunate. In September, fire blazed through a Van Nuys home, critically injuring a father and son. The Los Angeles Fire Department determined the home didn’t have working smoke alarms.

“The average family has about two minutes to escape if your house is catching on fire,” said Ben Green of the American Red Cross. “About 45 percent of those who die in fires are in houses that don’t have detectors.”

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