The American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri has initiated a campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries by providing and installing smoke alarms for FREE to families who requests them.
Families in the Greater St. Louis Area can call 314.516.2797 to schedule free smoke alarm installations.
To announce the initiative, Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson will hold a press conference and demonstration at the Fire Department Training Tower, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.
Who: Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson
What: Announce Red Cross program to install FREE smoke alarms in
Greater St. Louis Area.
When: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17
Where: St. Louis Fire Department Training Tower, 1421 N. Jefferson 63103
Why: To reduce fire deaths and injuries
During the first 12 days of February, the Red Cross of Eastern Missouri has responded to 49 fires and assisted 206 individuals after home fires in the region. The biggest disaster threat to families isn’t floods or tornadoes; it’s fire. Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire.
Sadly those statistics have remained constant for decades. That’s why the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries.
We are asking every family to:
• Install smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of death in a fire by 50 percent.
• Create an escape plan with two routes from every room.
• Practice that plan at least twice a year.
Families in the Greater St. Louis Area who do not have working smoke alarms – or are unsure if their smoke alarms work – can call the American Red Cross at 314.516.2797 during the month of February to make an appointment to have alarms installed for FREE.
When resident call, they will be asked to leave their name, contact information and the best time to be reached. A local volunteer will return their call and set up an appointment to come to their home, check to see if they need new smoke alarms, install alarms or replace batteries. Volunteers also will help the resident create their home fire escape plan.
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.