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Red Cross to install smoke alarms in Casper area Sept 19

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The American Red Cross will visit homes in Casper and surrounding towns from on Saturday, Sept. 19, to install lifesaving smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety.

The Red Cross is seeking volunteers for this event, which is part of a national, multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working with fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross is installing smoke alarms in homes in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching residents about fire prevention and preparedness.

HOW TO HELP:

Volunteers are needed to visit homes where residents have requested appoitnments. You will help install smoke alarms, help residents make evacuation plans, and document the project.

Date:     September 19, 2015
Time:     11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Meet at Red Cross office, 318 West B St. Casper, for training. You will receive maps/addresses for home visits at that time.
Sign up: by filling out this form https://coloradoredcross1.wufoo.com/forms/x1l4nzip08uep0c/ or by calling 307-439-4167.

Not able to volunteer your time on Sept. 19? This is an ongoing campaign, with many upcoming opportunities to help out! Fill out the volunteer interest form to get on our volunteer list. If you’re not able to volunteer, you can also support this lifesaving work by making a donation: https://www.crowdrise.com/givewhatfiretakes

HOW TO GET HELP:

Do you live in the Casper area and can’t afford to install or replace your smoke alarms? You can sign up for a free in-home visit and installation on Sept. 19. Make an appointment for smoke alarm installation online at http://redcross.setmore.com/ or by calling 307-439-4167.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

The American Red Cross and its partners have saved 15 lives and installed more than 100,000 smoke alarms in homes across the country during the last ten months. This accomplishment is part of a nationwide Home Fire Campaign launched last October to reduce the number of people who die or are injured during a fire in their home.

Since the Home Fire Campaign began, the Red Cross and its partners have installed smoke alarms in almost 2,000 cities and towns in all 50 states. The campaign has already helped save 15 lives in five states ranging from a 3-year-old child to a 73-year-old grandmother.

The Home Fire Campaign is powered by more than 1,800 local community partners and more than 40 national partner organizations. Key supporters include: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA); United States Fire Administration (USFA); Rebuilding Together; Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation; Meals on Wheels America; Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); National Council on Independent Living (NCIL); Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA); Vision 20/20; Project Paradigm; Hope worldwide; Habitat for Humanity; Portlight Strategies, Inc.; and Lott Carey.

HOW TO STAY SAFE

The Red Cross asks everyone to take two simple steps to help prevent injury and death during a fire in their home – check their smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every household should develop a fire escape plan and practice it several times a year and at different times of the day. The plan should include two ways to get out of every room and a place to meet outside. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.

People should also install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. The alarms should be tested every month and the batteries replaced at least once a year.

People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire or contact their local Red Cross to learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events. They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.