On Saturday, Dec. 12, volunteers from the American Red Cross bedecked in reindeer antlers and jingle bells will spread both holiday cheer and holiday safety in Denver neighborhoods at high risk for deaths and injuries due to home fires.
The festive volunteers will go door-to-door bearing very “Red Cross” gifts: smoke detectors, batteries, and something more valuable than any possession: help and information that could save a life.
The grassroots, neighborhood-by-neighborhood outreach is part of an ongoing national campaign that launched in October with a goal of reducing deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.
Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing the neighborhoods in the 80219 zip code to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.
These neighborhoods were selected because they are within an area with a high risk of home fires resulting in injuries and losses, according to an analysis of recent fire incident data. From 2007-2012, the 80219 area had 30 fires resulting in deaths or injuries and is currently ranked No.1 in Colorado for these types of incidents.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans.
This weekend’s outreach is one of numerous similar outreach efforts statewide that will continue for the next five years.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR UPCOMING CAMPAIGNS
The Red Cross is seeking volunteers for similar, one-day outreach campaigns scheduled to occur twice a month throughout 2015. The next dates in the Denver-metro area will be:
- Jan. 10
- Jan. 24
- Feb. 14
- Feb. 28
- March 14
- March 28.
People interested in volunteering can visit redcross.org for more information or use this link to sign up: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form__3569.