Volunteers from the Greater Northwest Iowa Area Red Cross will be going door-to-door on Saturday, September 22nd in Sioux City, Fort Dodge and Spencer, distributing information to people about how to prevent home fires and practicing home fire safety.
“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes,” said Bob Bartling, Emergency Services Director. “And home fires are one disaster that can usually be prevented when people understand how to protect their families.”
Volunteers and local State Farm agents will talk to residents who are available, and will leave safety-tip door hangers for people who are not at home. The door hangers, printed in both English and Spanish, provide cooking and heating tips, and also highlight the importance of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.
Nationally, on average, the Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort and hope to people affected by approximately 63,000 fires every year, or about one fire every eight minutes. The Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa responded to 405 home fires last year.
Other Ways to Get Ready
The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org