Every day an average of seven people die in home fires in the United States. To help prevent such deaths, the Arizona Burn Foundation, local fire departments, and the American Red Cross will install free smoke alarms in Valley homes and help residents map fire escape routes.

In the West and Northwest valleys, they will visit:

• Saturday, Nov. 6: Canada Village Park, 18074 W. Lynwood Street, Goodyear.

• Saturday, Nov. 13: Pine Shadows Trailer Park, 7300 N. 51st Avenue, Glendale.

Volunteers will go door to door in the neighborhood surrounding the meeting areas identified as having a high risk for home fire-related injuries and fatalities. They will install smoke alarms and educate the residents about home fire preparedness. Residents will learn about fire safety, including cooking and heating tips and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.  

The collaboration between local fire departments and the Arizona Burn Foundation brings together 30 to 35 volunteers to install smoke alarms in about 300 homes in one day. 

Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires.  

Since 2006, Arizona Burn Foundation has installed more than 22,000 free smoke alarms in Arizona.

“Our partnership with the local fire departments to install free smoke alarms in homes is part of our commitment to be advocates for burn prevention,” said Mik Milem, chief operations officer at the Arizona Burn Foundation.

Volunteers are needed for the Community Smoke Alarm Installation Events. Training is provided on-site. Individuals, as well as businesses, church groups and other civic organizations, are encouraged to volunteer.

To register as an Arizona Burn Foundation volunteer, visit azburn.org/smokeazalarms or email programs@azburn.org