Volunteers for the American Red Cross fire prevention program, Team Firestopper, are conducting community safety events this fall in eight neighborhoods at a higher risk for home fires which tend to spike during the autumn months.
“As the weather becomes cooler people turn to alternative sources to heat homes which tend to spark more fires,” said Harley Jones, Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “The Team Firestopper program works to prevent home fires in neighborhoods that have a higher number of incidents as part of the Red Cross’ effort to build disaster-resistant communities.”
Safety events are scheduled through December in Aurora, Harvey, the Chicago neighborhoods of Roseland, Englewood, Austin and North Lawndale, in addition to Gary and East Chicago in Northwest Indiana. The areas of some of the highest response zones Red Cross disaster relief teams respond to in the Greater Chicago region. In September, the Red Cross responded to two fatalities caused by home fires - one in Gary, Indiana and another in Roseland on Chicago’s South Side.
Volunteers host safety fairs to teach preparedness techniques and arm residents with equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and surge protectors. They also canvass neighborhoods walking door-to-door with fire prevention information and schedule home visits to check for potential hazards.
Roseland, Englewood and Austin are the top three neighborhoods in Chicago that experience the highest number of fires where the Red Cross responds, aiding families there on average once a week in each community.
Throughout the region, the Red Cross responds to three to four fires every day providing immediate relief such as food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health services and other special needs an affected family might have.
Visit www.redcross.org or call (312) 729-6265 for more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the program.
These safety events are made possible due to the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Motorola Solutions Foundation as well as support from Pivotal Home Solutions, UL, First Alert and Ace. For more information on the Team Firestopper program visit www.redcross.org/chicago/tfs.
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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. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.