(ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Feb. 25, 2018) – American Red Cross volunteers and members of the Skyland Fire Department teamed up in the Camelot Mobile Home Park Saturday to help make the community safer from home fires. This follows the tragic death of an elderly man in this community in a home fire January 24th. Twenty-four homes were made safer.
Teams went door-to-door checking existing alarm batteries, replacing alarms that were older than 10 years or not working properly, and installing new alarms in homes where there were none. Volunteers and firefighters also spoke with residents about home fire safety and helped them create fire escape plans.
“In 2014, the Red Cross started its Home Fire Campaign with a goal of reducing home fire deaths and injuries by 25-percent. To date, we have 348 verified lives saved since the campaign started, including 1 in our region in Haywood County.” said Alli Trask, executive director of the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We know that having a working smoke alarm reduces the risk of injury or death from a home fire by 50-percent. We hope with this event we helped empower our neighbors with the knowledge and tools they need to better protect themselves and their families.”
Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out so having an escape plan is as important as a working smoke alarm. To learn more about how to create a plan and other fire safety tips, visit redcross.org. To request a smoke alarm, installation or to have smoke alarms tested, visit soundthealarm.org/wnc.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year. The majority of these disasters are home fires. On average, 7 people die and 36 people suffer injuries in a home fire every day. In 2014, the Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign with a goal of reducing home fire deaths and injuries by 25-percent by installing free smoke alarms in homes and educating families on how to prepare and educate their family. To date, there have been 348 verified lives saved as a result of the campaign, including one in our region in Haywood County.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have 4 hours a month or 4 hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross is able to provide services such as home fires response, shelters, casework assistance, free smoke alarms and other services free thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross provide assistance to people impacted by disasters such as home fires, may donate at redcross.org/wnc or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.