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Sign up to Help Save Lives with Red Cross on Aug 15

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By giving just a few hours, you could potentially save someone’s life.

The American Red Cross invites the public to help us serve Wyoming on “We’re With You Day,” Saturday, August 15, by volunteering to install lifesaving smoke alarms in Cheyenne and Casper.

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. Families, groups and individuals can sign up for the project of their choice at: https://www.wyhy.org/Promo-4.aspx#.VaPcR-tqOZc.

The Day will begin around 1 p.m. with volunteer activities ending by 4 p.m. Everyone is then invited back to WyHy branches in Cheyenne and Casper for a closing celebration to enjoy some food and fun after a day of good-deed–doing.

“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.”.

Volunteers who sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross will visit homes to install smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety and the importance of having an evacuation plan. Volunteers can choose from projects in either Casper or Cheyenne.

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.

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/firesafety.