Englewood CO, Oct. 16, 2015 – As part of America’s PrepareAthon, the American Red Cross and Denver Fire Department teamed up with city and civic groups in Englewood to visit homes in Englewood on Oct. 10. Their visits were focused on saving lives by installing smoke alarms and teaching people how to be prepared for home fires.
The one-day outreach event resulted in visits to 526 homes with the installation of 63 smoke alarms in 36 of those homes.
The effort was also to strengthen connections among a variety of groups – the types of connections that prove vital when disasters and emergencies strike. In addition to the Red Cross and Denver Fire, partners in the Home Fire Campaign include the Englewood Citizens Academy Alumni, the Knights of Columbus, Englewood CERT, and more.
Volunteers from the various partner agencies canvassed Englewood neighborhoods on October 10 from 9.a.m. to 1 p.m. While visiting they encouraged people to develop an emergency plan for the family.
WHY SMOKE ALARMS?
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
The Home Fire Campaign involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half,” said Christine Manson de Rabe, American Red Cross Senior Disaster Program Manager, “This is a simple and effective way to save lives. So, we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms and help people understand the importance of having an escape plan.”
Simple Steps to Save Lives
The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home,
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
· If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
· If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
· Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
· Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In the Metro Denver area the Red Cross responded to hundreds of home fires last year. 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.