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Volunteers Spread Fire Safety Message Door-to-Door

MLK Day of Service
The American Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 home fires each year in the U.S. Locally, the Red Cross responds to an average of about one fire per day.

[Aurora, Jan. 19, 2013] – Hundreds of local HOPE Worldwide and Red Cross volunteers hit the pavement in Aurora and Grand Junction today in hopes of helping to prevent the most common disaster: Home fires.

The American Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 home fires each year in the U.S. Locally, the Red Cross responds to an average of about one fire per day, and about one quarter of the home fires the Red Cross Mile High Region responds to occur in Aurora.

With a goal of helping to prevent home fires and avert the tragic losses that come with them, American Red Cross and HOPE worldwide volunteers gathered to learn top prevention and safety tips, hear the story of a woman who lost everything to a home fire, and then disperse through Aurora neighborhoods, going door-to-door to distribute fire safety resources that could save lives and livelihoods.

Meanwhile, Red Cross volunteers in Grand Junction also dispersed through local neighborhoods delivering fire safety information.

Volunteers went door-to-door and visited more than 4,000 homes, talked with more than 1,200 residents about fire safety and preparedness and provided nearly 1,000 batteries donated by ACE Hardware for residents’ smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. They also left behind a total of more than 4,000 door hangers with fire safety information. The door hangers include information about smoke alarms, creating a household fire escape plan and tips for cooking and heating a home safely this winter.

The grassroots effort was carried out in partnership with the Aurora Fire Department and is part of a nationwide Day of Service to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who emphasized the importance of serving others.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com.