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Large Home Fire Campaign Push - September 25, 2015

Fire Safety

Colorado Springs, CO – September 16, 2015 —The American Red Cross of Colorado will sponsor a one-day, large scale, Home Fire Campaign event September 25, 2015. This event will cover six Colorado counties and involve nearly 500 hundred workers, including over 400 cadets from the United States Air Force Academy. The workers will go door-to-door in several communities to test smoke alarms, replacing nonworking alarms and if needed install new smoke alarms. They will also provide home fire information to the residents.

The September 25 event is part of a national Red Cross campaign that seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms and to encourage all Americans to develop and practice their fire escape plans. The U.S.A.F. Academy will be supporting the Colorado event with cadets and they will be joined by nearly 50 Red Cross workers from around the state to form teams of installers. This event is also being supported by local fire departments and by city and county governments who are providing vehicles and drivers.

This is a one-day event that will involve homes in specific areas within the following counties: El Paso, Douglas, Chaffee, Teller, Pueblo and Otero. For list of specific locations where workers will be canvassing and installing smoke alarms go to http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com/2015/09/colorado-red-cross-plans-large-scale.html. Please check back often as the locations will be updated frequently.

 Working Smoke Alarms Greatly Improve Ability to Survive a Fire

The Red Cross home fire campaign comes at a time when national survey shows many Americans have a false sense of security about surviving a fire. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Having a working smoke alarm can provide that extra few seconds that is needed to survive a home fire.

People can visit www.redcross.org/prepare to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire or contact their local Red Cross to find out the location of local smoke alarm installation events