The Red Cross in Utah is pleased to announce that, along with distributing home fire safety information, we have installed over 4,000 free smoke alarms so far in the state of Utah. The national Home Fire Campaign to reduce death and injury in home fires was launched in October.
Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. In Utah the Red Cross responds to a fire on average every 2.5 days, nationally every 8 minutes. Damage from U.S. home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies.
For the past 20 years, these numbers have been relatively stagnant.
By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross and our coalition partners are attacking this stagnation. In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, we are saving lives, reducing injuries, and cutting down on needless losses.
Our goal is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years. This basically happens in two ways:
1.) Door to door installation of smoke alarms, replacement batteries as needed, and completion of home fire safety checklists and written evacuation plan
2.) A marketing and public relations campaign to motivate ordinary people to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing evacuating when the alarm goes off.