Red Cross volunteers, along with members of the Crane family and the Columbus Division of Fire, will be going door-to-door tomorrow in a South Columbus neighborhood to install smoke alarms and share critical fire prevention information. The canvassing event is set for:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Staging area: Barack Recreation Center
580 Woodrow Ave., Columbus OH 43207
Canvassing area: Up to 700 homes in the area between
E. Woodrow Ave. and Hosack St.and Parsons Ave.and High Street
About 20 members of the Crane family, honored as the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year last June, will participate in the canvassing effort. The neighborhoods have seen a disproportionately large number of fire-related injuries and deaths, according to data collected by the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). During a recent six-year period, the area ranks among the top ten high-fire-risk zip codes in Central Ohio. The Crane family has directed many of its wide-ranging philanthropic efforts in this area, as its residents made up much of the workforce at the company’s original manufacturing facility, Crane Plastics, a few blocks away.
“It’ll be great to work side-by-side with the Crane family to make these neighborhoods and the people who live in them safer in case of fire,” said Matt Bertram, CEO of the American Red Cross in Central and Southeast Ohio. “Helping people prepare for disaster is a big focus for the Red Cross, and we’re grateful for such terrific partners in this project.”
Volunteers will be walking the neighborhoods, distributing fire safety information and talking with residents about making their fire prevention plans. The Columbus Division of Fire will also accompany the teams to install donated smoke alarms in homes that need them.