Federal Heights CO, Jan. 18, 2016 – On Saturday, Jan. 16, 60 volunteers from the American Red Cross and PCL Construction visited 132 homes in a mobile home park in Federal Heights to deliver fire safety information and installed 240 smoke alarms.
The one-day outreach event was held in honor of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and is part of a nationwide Red Cross Home Fire Campaign that aims to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over 5 years.
“PCL Construction is proud to partner with the American Red Cross on such an important community service project,” said Shaun Yancey, president and COO of PCL Construction’s US Operations. “Being a construction company, safety is our top priority so providing peace of mind to Denver area residents really hits home for us.”
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 Home Fire Campaign involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to educate people about fire safety and install smoke alarms in homes without working alarms. 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 Home Fire Campaign is powered by more than 40 national partner organizations and more than 1,800 local community partners, including PCL Construction. The Red Cross is able to respond to disasters and deliver preparedness and prevention programs through the power of volunteers and generosity of donors. PCL has provided more than $1 million dollars in support of the Red Cross in the United States and Canada since 2011. PCL recommitted to this important partnership for 2016.
“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 like PCL Construction 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 you don’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 you live.
If you do have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
Make sure that everyone in the household 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 Colorado, 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.