Nationwide campaign aims to reduce the number of home fire deaths, injuries
Sonora, Ca., Monday, July 27, 2015] – The American Red Cross Sierra-Delta Chapter will be visiting the City of Sonora in Tuolumne County as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
The Red Cross will be going through the city of Sonora on Friday, July 31st to install smoke alarms as well as carbon monoxide detectors in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be the Sonora Fire Department.
“If this program of giving a few fire safety tips and installing some smoke detectors saves one life in 5 years, it would definitely be worth all our efforts,” said Dennis Lewis, American Red Cross Mass Care Lead Volunteer for Tuolumne County.
Simple Steps to Save Lives
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
- If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
- If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
- Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
- Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by becoming a volunteer!