The American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in this country by as much as 25 percent in the next five years.
The campaign launched this past October. Working with fire departments and community groups nationwide, the Red Cross has already installed thousands of smoke alarms in communities across the country. The effort involves educating people about fire safety through door-to-door canvassing in high-risk fire neighborhoods and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.
Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the Red Cross visited homes all over the country to teach people about home fire safety and install smoke alarms. In Orange County, California, Red Cross volunteers, along with the Orange County Fire Authority, the City of Santa Ana and other organizations, reached more than 630 homes with fire safety information and installed more than 120 smoke alarms.
In Vermillion, South Dakota, Red Cross volunteers joined University of South Dakota and AmeriCorps volunteers to replace batteries in existing smoke alarms and install new ones where needed. In Hagerstown, Maryland, Red Cross volunteers visited hundreds of homes and installed smoke alarms, assisted by members of the City of Hagerstown Fire Department, FEMA Corps and Boy Scouts.
Red Cross volunteers and community partner Rebuilding Together Orlando canvassed the Tangelo Park neighborhood in Orlando to distribute fire safety information. This week the team, with Orange County Fire Rescue and Red Cross Tiffany Circle members, will install smoke alarms where needed. In Davie, Florida, the Red Cross joined students from Broward College and the Fire Department, visiting 200 homes and installing more than 50 smoke detectors in the Everglades Lakes Mobile Home Park.
Volunteers from the Cape Fear Red Cross Chapter in North Carolina joined community volunteers to install smoke alarms in communities such as Chadbourn, Old Dock, Tabor City and Whiteville. In Hartford, Connecticut, the Red Cross joined the Fire Department, Citizen Emergency Response Team, FEMA Corps and HOPE Worldwide volunteers to teach Asylum Hill residents about fire safety and install smoke alarms where needed.
Volunteers from Georgian Court University joined the Red Cross in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to hand out fire safety information to stores, restaurants and businesses in the community. In East Orange, New Jersey the Red Cross, Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team and local Office of Emergency Management visited hundreds of homes in the city.
Help Home Fire Survivors
You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.