The American Red Cross continues its Home Fire Campaign with safety education and the installation of smoke alarms across Oklahoma to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next four years. Residential fires are the number one disaster response by the Red Cross. Disaster Responders provide emergency care and comfort to families impacted by home fires as often as 8 times daily across the state.
Since the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign this past July more than 800 smoke alarms have been installed in homes across Oklahoma with fire safety education. More than 2,000 Oklahoma students have received fire safety training as part of the Pillowcase Project. This interactive course provides disaster education and preparedness skills for students in grades 3-5.
More than two dozen volunteers joined American Red Cross of Central and Southwest Oklahoma Board Member and Oklahoma State Representative George Young, Sr. in the Oklahoma Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission parade.
Representative Young and the Red Cross volunteers marched to spread the word on the need to be fire safe. “With less than two minutes to escape a home fire, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire by half,” stated Young. “To honor the legacy of service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I join with our Red Cross volunteers in educating the community with vital lifesaving information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms.”
SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES Even as the Red Cross join with local fire departments and civic and social groups to install smoke alarms, they are calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
There are several steps families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones home from fire. If you or someone you know is in need of a smoke alarm or to sign your place of worship, civic organization, sorority or fraternity to participate in an installation event, contact Regional Preparedness Manager Susan Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross or @RedCrossOK.