The American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region, free fire prevention program will be in the Roseland, West Chicago and Aurora communities this winter and spring to teach residents how to prevent home fires, create a disaster plan and check for fire hazards that often appear in homes.
As part of the Team Firestopper program the Red Cross will be distributing free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, surge protectors and window film installation kits to participating families. Call 312-729-6265 or visit www.redcross.org/chicago/tfs for information to register.
The following community safety events are scheduled:
Redeeming Grace Food Pantry, 11801 S. Sangamon, Roseland neighborhood, Chicago, IL 60643
Sheldon Heights Church of Christ, 11325 S. Halsted Street, Roseland neighborhood, Chicago, IL 60628
West Chicago Middle School, 238 E. Hazel Street, West Chicago, IL 60185
Johnson Elementary School, 1934 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502
The number of home fires spike during the winter months. As temperatures drop, many people turn to alternative heating methods, such as space heaters or fireplaces, to keep warm. With proper supervision, these heating sources work, but they are also a major contributor to residential fires.
The Team Firestopper program works to prevent home fires in neighborhoods with typically high incidences of these disasters for more than a decade as part of its efforts to create a disaster-resistant community.
Red Cross relief teams help disaster victims recover after home fires every day in the Chicago region. The Red Cross provides fire victims with assistance for food, clothing, prescription medications, temporary shelter and other special needs an affected family might have.
Team Firestopper volunteers also conduct scheduled home visits to look for fire hazards and equip residences with free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, surge protectors and window film installation kits. Volunteers are also needed to help coordinate safety fairs, teach safety techniques and canvass neighborhoods with fire prevention information. Visit www.redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
These safety events are made possible due to Motorola Solutions and State Farm and additional support from UL, First Alert and ACE.
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. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.