The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year- and the vast majority are home fires. On average, seven people die from home fires every day. Last year in Riverside County, the Red Cross responded to more than 100 fires.
That’s why the American Red Cross Serving Riverside County is taking part in a nationwide Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Launched by the National Red Cross in October 2014, the campaign aims to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. As part of the campaign, we’re joining with local fire departments, community groups, and local businesses to canvass neighborhoods, teach people about fire safety, and install free smoke alarms in high-risk areas.
For victims of home fires, it is often a long road to recovery. The Red Cross works with those affected and sees them through the entire process, because when a fire takes a home, it takes everything. Please join us in giving back what fire takes and make a donation toward necessities that provide safety and comfort. Together, let’s make ordinary items-a blanket, clothes, shoes, smoke detectors and more, extraordinary.
- To learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Christopher Fielder at (888) 831-0031 ext. 2013 or Christopher.Fielder@redcross.org.
- To learn about sponsorship opportunities for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, please contact Lori Ohls at (714) 481-5411 or Lori.Ohls@redcross.org.
- To learn more about his program please contact Monica Ruzich at (714) 481-5329 or Monica.Ruzich@redcross.org.
1. The Red Cross and its partners will install a limited number of free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or for those who are physically unable to install a smoke alarm.
2. The Red Cross installs a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
3. A number of organizations are partnering with the Red Cross to accomplish the goals of our Home Fire Campaign. Depending on where you live and other factors, it is possible that we will forward your request to one of our partner organizations so they can contact you to set up an appointment.
4. The Riverside Region provides installation services in Riverside only. If you live outside of this area and would like to identify your local region office, please visit RedCross.org (or call 1-800-REDCROSS).
5. If you are able to purchase and install your own smoke alarm, but would like information on home fire safety and smoke alarm installation, please visit redcross.org/homefire.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.