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Red Cross, Dubuque Firefighters Team Up for Fire Safety

2/6/15 - Greater Iowa - Red Cross, Dubuque Firefighters Team Up for Fire Safety
The number one goal of the American Red Cross is to save lives.

Residents at the Sheridan Village Apartment Complex in Dubuque have seen their fair share of fires recently.

In December, a fire at the Sheridan Village Apartment Complex in Dubuque forced a family out of its home. It was the second fire in as many months at the complex.

The recent home fires struck a cord with the property manager at Sheridan Village, so she approached the American Red Cross and Dubuque Fire Department about taking steps to prevent this from happening again.

Each unit already had working smoke alarms, but because both recent fires started in bedrooms, the property manager, Dubuque firefighters and the Red Cross decided be extra cautious.

While firefighters installed 153 smoke alarms on Saturday, Red Cross volunteers sat down with each family and discussed fire safety information like how to create an escape plan and where to meet if family members are separated.

This home fire preparedness project is part of a national Red Cross campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

Watch KCRG TV-9's report about the Sheridan Village Smoke Alarm Project, click here.