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Red Cross Brings Fire Safety Program to Topsham

When fire strikes, you have as little as two minutes to escape.

Residents at the Highlands and Highland Greens are better prepared for an emergency, thanks to a program of the American Red Cross.
A team of AmeriCorps NCCC brought the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to the two Topsham locations, providing fire safety education and helping residents create emergency escape plans. The goal of the campaign is to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent over 5 years.
The AmeriCorps NCCC group visited 83 homes, and found the residents to be “very interested and receptive,” according to Larry French, disaster program manager for the Red Cross.
Previously, the Red Cross has done similar neighborhood events in Biddeford, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Presque Isle.
An additional component of the campaign involves the installation of free smoke alarms where needed. These alarms are free of charge. Mainers can learn more by calling 874-1192.
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. Learn more at, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).