The American Red Cross will lead a team of community volunteers door-to-door in the Riverside Mobile Home Park and in North Casper to install lifesaving smoke alarms on Saturday, Aug. 15.
The effort aims to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fires – America’s no. 1 disaster. The Red Cross is one of seven local nonprofits working in partnership with ServeWyoming and WyHy Federal Credit Union to coordinate a variety of volunteer opportunities on Aug. 15 as part of the WyHy “We’re With You Day.”
Appointments are still available for residents in North Casper who cannot afford smoke alarms and would like to sign up for a Red Cross visit. To sign up for an appointment, visit http://redcross.setmore.com.
The one-day project is part of a larger effort by the Red Cross to reduce the impact of home fires nationwide. Home fires are the most common disaster: Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires.
“It’s the small acts of kindness that can mean so much to others,” said Ari Denson, a Red Cross worker who is coordinating the Red Cross volunteer activities for Aug. 15. “What’s so special about this project is that by giving just a few hours, you could potentially save someone’s life.”
In most cases, people in the home have less than 2 minutes to get out safety. Any delay could be fatal. That’s why the Red Cross is focusing on installing smoke alarms and educating residents about the importance of having and practicing an escape plan. The Red Cross has embarked on a nationwide home fire preparedness campaign that aims to reduce deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years. The campaign includes outreach events like “We’re With You Day” as well as educational outreach and training for youth.
To find out more about the program, visit redcross.org/wyoming/firesafety.