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Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help Prevent Home Fires in Denver

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Help the Red Cross save lives by installing smoke alarms and spreading education.

The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to provide lifesaving safety information and check and install smoke alarms at homes in Denver neighborhoods.

The Red Cross is seeking both project leaders and participants to pound the pavement during a series of one-day campaigns in the neighborhoods that have a high risk of deaths and injuries due to home fires. Volunteers do not need prior Red Cross experience and will receive training on fire prevention and how to install a smoke alarm. 

Those interested in participating should sign up online.

The Schedule of one-day campaign dates in the Denver-metro area for 2015 are:

Jan: 17, 24

Feb: 14, 28

March: 14, 28

April: 11, 25

May: 9, 23

June: 13, 27

July: 11, 25

Aug: 8, 22

Sept: 12, 26

Oct: 10, 24

Nov: 14, 28

Dec: 12

Please fill out the form to receive more information about specific times and locations.

The grassroots, neighborhood-by-neighborhood outreach is part of a national campaign that launched earlier this month with a goal of reducing deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. 

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. 

Specific Denver neighborhoods have been 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.

Similar efforts are taking place in high-risk neighborhoods throughout Colorado, including Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. 

Find out more about how you can prevent home fires.