Project looks to help provide awareness, reduce fire-related deaths and injuries

SAN BENITO — Every home needs a smoke alarm. That’s what any safety official will tell you.

“More lives are lost every year to home fires than to all major disasters,” according to Fire Chief Raul Zuniga.

To combat this issue, the San Benito Fire Department, in partnership with the American Red Cross along with other community members, will be offering free smoke alarm installations April 16 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

Other cities, such as Harlingen and Brownsville, will be participating in this event too in their communities.

This project is part of an American Red Cross nationwide public initiative that aims to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within five years, said American Red Cross South Texas Chapter Executive Director Iris Martinez Juergens

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