The American Red Cross installed almost 1,000 smoke alarms in one day in North Carolina homes recently as part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.
The campaign is a Red Cross initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires across the country by 25 percent in the next five years. Red Cross workers and partners visit neighborhoods at high risk for home fires to teach people about fire safety and install smoke alarms where needed.
Working with numerous partners, the Red Cross held three Home Fire Campaign events in eastern North Carolina in one day. The first installation effort took place in Brunswick County, North Carolina when Red Cross workers joined the local fire department, North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministries, Energizer Batteries, UNCW Latinoa Alliance, the state Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing along with Wal-Mart, Lowes and Home Depot to install a record-setting 836 smoke alarms in homes in the county.
Among the alarms were several SafeAwake devices for those who are hard of hearing. This event was held to honor residents impacted by two recent fatal fires in the community. The Brunswick County event involved more than 160 people installing alarms throughout the rural communities.
On the same day, the Red Cross worked with North Carolina State students to install more than 65 alarms in another part of the region while another team installed additional 60-some alarms in Pitt County. The teams managed to install more than 965 alarms in a single day to help the residents of eastern North Carolina.
The Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina has installed more than 3,100 smoke alarms since the onset of the Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014.
Across the country, the campaign has already helped save seven lives. Red Cross workers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico have installed almost 40,000 smoke alarms, replaced batteries in more than 6,000 existing alarms, and helped more than 17,000 households develop fire escape plans since the campaign began.
#GIVEWHATFIRETAKES To support home fire survivors across the country, the Red Cross has launched a new social media campaign called #GiveWhatFireTakes, in conjunction with the Home Fire Campaign. You can help by taking part in #GiveWhatFireTakes and making a donation to help people affected by disasters big and small.
TWO WAYS TO DONATE
SET GOALS AND FUNDRAISE WITH CROWDRISE Whether you form a team or fundraise as an individual, Crowdrise puts you on the front lines of fundraising to help people affected by disasters big and small, including home fire prevention and recovery. We even helped provide easy goals to help fundraise through your networks.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN AMOUNT A new donation page on redcross.org allows you to choose a support amount based on how much you can give. Donation levels represent a range of items that the Red Cross typically provides after a fire, and funds raised go to help people affected by disasters big and small.