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Red Cross Working for a Safer Community

Red Cross Working for a Safer Community
The Red Cross recommends that you have smoke alarms installed near your kitchen, inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.

The American Red Cross of the Cape, Islands and Southeast Massachusetts is partnering with West Barnstable Fire District to ensure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Red Cross will come to your neighborhood on Wednesday, January 21 and Friday, January 30. We will test your current detectors, replace batteries, and install new detectors as needed. Please note if your detectors are hard-wired, we cannot tamper with them, but can test them to ensure they are working.

January and February mark the months with the highest risk of home fires, and having a working smoke alarm in your home cuts the risk of dying in half. On average 7 people die and 36 people suffer injuries every day as the result of a home fire. The Red Cross recommends that you have smoke alarms installed near your kitchen, inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home and having working smoke alarms go a long way towards preventing tragedy should the worst occur.

The Red Cross Home Fire Prevention Campaign seeks to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years, volunteers with our Cape, Island and Southeast Chapter will be going door to door in West Barnstable helping people with their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. To set up an appointment, please call 617-599-4926 before 1/21/15.For more information about home fires and useful prevention tips please visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire.

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.