PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter will partake in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project, distributing fire safety tips Saturday, Jan. 19 in Glendale and Phoenix; Monday, Jan. 21 in Cottonwood, Flagstaff and Yuma; and Saturday, Jan. 26 in Kingman.
An estimated 62 percent of reported home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and the organization projects that functioning smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. The Grand Canyon Chapter is trying to increase awareness within communities that are disproportionately affected by disasters, having already responded to 32 home fires in the first 18 days of this month after responding to that many during all of January 2012. Canvassing in pairs, Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers will provide fire safety and prevention checklists to help families that live in specified zip codes, and they’ll discuss the importance of checking smoke detectors on a monthly basis and creating evacuation plans.
The Grand Canyon Chapter will utilize 100 volunteers in Glendale and Phoenix, hoping to reach 2,750 households. In Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon Chapter has 26 volunteers, with a goal of 700 households; in Kingman, it has 15 volunteers, with a target of 400 households; and in Cottonwood and Yuma, it has 10 volunteers at each site, aiming to reach 275 households per area. Partners for the project include HOPE Worldwide and the Phoenix Fire Department in Glendale and Phoenix; the Community Emergency Response Team, Coconino County Emergency Management, the Northern Arizona University Civic Service Institute and the NAU Red Cross Club in Flagstaff; the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program in Kingman; the Senior Corps in Cottonwood; and the CERT in Yuma.