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Home Fire Campaign Kicks Off Prevention Week

It's a great way to help out and afterwards, it's a very rewarding feeling.

The Red Cross continues its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in communities across the country, including several townships and cities throughout the Dakotas Region.

In Fargo, the Red Cross has canvassed close to 1,000 homes in the past year, installing over 200 smoke alarms in homes that needed them.

Click here to watch Fire Marshal, Ryan Erickson, of the Fargo Fire Department, talk about the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Program in Fargo and see our local volunteers in action.

"It's a great program and a great way to kick off Home Fire Prevention Week coming up in the first week of October," said Ryan Erickson, Fire Marshal with the Fargo Fire Department. "The Red Cross continues its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in communities across the country, including several townships and cities throughout the Dakotas Region.

In Fargo, the Red Cross has canvassed close to 1,000 homes in the past year, installing over 200 smoke alarms in homes that needed them.

"It's a great program and a great way to kick off Home Fire Prevention Week coming up in the first week of October," said Ryan Erickson, Fire Marshal with the Fargo Fire Department. "It's a great way to help out and afterwards, it's a very rewarding feeling."

Nearly two dozen Red Cross volunteers partnered with 10 Fargo Firefighters to canvass a neighborhood with older homes, many of which are not up to code.

One family with three small children didn't have any working smoke alarms in their home, until a canvassing team installed one in each common area and each bedroom.

"I don't want them (my kids) to be hurt in a fire," said resident Tia Miller. "I don't know what I'd do without these three."

The Red Cross has several other home fire preparedness events planned throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and northwest Minnesota this fall and winter.

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Nearly two dozen Red Cross volunteers partnered with 10 Fargo Firefighters to canvass a neighborhood with older homes, many of which are not up to code.

One family with three small children didn't have any working smoke alarms in their home, until a canvassing team installed one in each common area and each bedroom.

"I don't want them (my kids) to be hurt in a fire," said resident Tia Miller. "I don't know what I'd do without these three."

The Red Cross has several other home fire preparedness events planned throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and northwest Minnesota this fall and winter.