Santa Ana, Calif. Monday January 20, 2014 — In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, American Red Cross youth volunteers from Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties will be going through select neighborhoods to share fire prevention and safety materials with residents. This event is timely due to the recent warm, dry, windy weather conditions facing the southland.
Red Cross youth volunteers, along with partners from the Orange County Fire Authority, the Rialto Fire Department and the Santa Ana High School Jr. Navy ROTC are going door-to-door to speak with residents to educate them on potential home fire hazards and risks. Fire safety information will be provided in English and Spanish and some residents may receive free smoke alarms. Topics addressed will include the importance of working smoke alarms, creating and practicing a fire escape plan, and tips for cooking and home heating safety.
Home fires are America’s biggest disaster threat and unlike most disasters, they can be prevented. The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards and to install smoke alarms on each floor of your house. 65 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
The Red Cross responds to roughly 70,000 disasters across the country - and more than 90 percent are fire-related. Those wishing to learn more about home fire safety should visit redcross.org.
When a home fire or other disaster occurs, the Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort and hope to meet the immediate needs of those affected. People can support those in the local community affected by home fires by making a donation to your local Red Cross office, by going to www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.