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Red Cross Visits Norman Neighborhood to Talk Fire Safety

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On a rain soaked Saturday morning, American Red Cross volunteers toughed it out to help spread the word on home fire safety and prevention in Norman.
As part of National Preparedness Month and nationwide Red Cross effort to reduce house fires, volunteers went door-to-door to have conversations with residents in a neighborhood identified as high risk. Home fires are the most common threat people face across the country.

With the help of 30 volunteers, the Red Cross was able to have 138 conversations around fire safety and prevention. These included developing a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in the household, looking at exits and possible escape routes and listing two ways to get out of every room in case fire blocks one of the paths. For residents not home at the time, volunteers left packets with information and other materials.

A key point to the day was the installation of smoke detectors. Smoke detectors can save lives. The Red Cross, with the help of the Norman Fire Department installed 35 smoke detectors.

The Red Cross has plans to conduct similar events in other neighborhoods identified for their high rate of fires and responses. For tips on preventing house fires, visit