Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half.
ROCKVILLE, MD, Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — With home fires as the biggest disaster threat facing families in Rockville, MD, American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in local neighborhoods on Saturday August 15 to discuss fire safety with residents and to distribute fire safety information.
Every year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters across the country - and more than 90 percent are fire-related. In an average month, the National Capital Region helps 200 people and distributes 500 relief items to people affected by home fires and disasters.
“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half,” said Karine Sewell, Executive Director, Montgomery and Prince George’s County. “As a part of our work to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, Red Cross volunteers are educating the community and providing vital information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms.”
Red Cross volunteers, along with local volunteers and partners, are going door-to-door to talk with residents about fire safety and hand out fire safety door hangers with information on smoke alarms, creating an escape plan and cooking and heating safely at home.
When a home fire or other disaster occurs, the American 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 the Red Cross in the National Capital Region by going to redcross.org/dc.