Home fires are the greatest disaster threat to American families. Seven people die every day from home fires. A fire-related injury is reported every 40 minutes. Annually, home fires cause 2,500 deaths and roughly $7 billion in property damage.
This fall, we are asking support from our communities to join us in launching a nationwide public initiative that aims to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within five years. Working together in communities across the country, the Red Cross and partners are establishing local coalitions of fire departments, houses of worship, businesses, schools, social service agencies, neighborhood leaders and individuals to mobilize resources and volunteers in support of local home fire preparedness.
How Can You Help? Take action in your home, in your community and across the country - here are a variety of ways to help:
-Join the Red Cross as part of our Home Fire Preparedness Team committed to improving fire safety in your community.
-Join as a group to support a coalition-planned home fire preparedness activity in your area, such as neighborhood canvassing, a smoke alarm installation rally or a youth-education activity.
-Take steps to become more prepared at home and help your neighbors do the same (download the Team Red Cross App to learn how).
-Donate to support the Red Cross mission.
If you are interested in staying up-to-date with this program or joining one of our Home Fire Preparedness Teams please contact Karen Tomlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.