With home fires as the biggest disaster threat facing families in Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Communities, American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in the Madison Elementary neighborhoods of Fargo on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to prepare families as part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
Things kicked off with pre-canvassing in the neighboorhood as volunteers from 'Hands 4 Service' pitched in by distributing door hangers to alert residents of the upcoming event. 'Hands For Service' is a volunteer group from all the United Methodist Churches in the area.
Red Cross volunteers, along with partners from the Fargo Fire Department, Fargo Cass Public Health, and city emergency management are going door-to-door to talk with residents about fire safety, provide smoke alarms for homes that qualify free of charge, help create an escape plan, provide information on cooking and heating safely at home, and educate on emergency preparedness.
“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half,” said Sean Coffman, Project Manager. “As a part of our work to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, Red Cross volunteers are educating the community while providing vital information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms.”
“We are committed to educating and protecting our community,” said Fargo Fire Chief, Steve Dirksen. “This project gives us the ability to meet our citizens face-to-face and help keep their homes safe.”
The Red Cross responded to over 350 home fires in the Dakotas Region last year.