American Red Cross volunteers in Roanoke hit the streets Monday to help strengthen neighborhoods during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The Red Cross coordinated efforts with HOPE Worldwide, Roanoke City Fire-EMS and Roanoke Police Department to go door-to-door giving neighbors fire prevention information and smoke alarm batteries.
More than 100 volunteers talked to residents who were available, and left safety door hangers for people who weren’t at home. The door hangers provide cooking and heating tips, and also highlight the importance of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.
The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. Almost 60 percent of home and apartment fires are caused by cooking or heating. These are disasters that can usually be prevented if people think about safety as they cook and as they heat their homes.